HOW CAN I TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN
GOOD ITALIAN WINE AND NOT SO GOOD ITALIAN WINE ?
When you travel throughout Italy you reach a certain moment when you need to stop, sit down and enjoy a nice glass of Italian wine. It doesn't really matter if you are doing it for lunch, dinner or socially.
What really matters is you knowing how to choose quality and surprise your senses with a quality Italian product that you never tried before.
I started this topic because I've met many people while they were visiting Italy and one particular interest seems to always pop up " What is the best Italian wine I should try? "
Well the Italians have a pretty good answer when it comes down to Italian wine and as silly as it may sound the answer is on the label.
The Italian wine label that I am talking about can be found on every bottle of wine produced in Italy
on the upper part of the bottle wrapper.
There are different labels and they state different things
Now these initial letters determine if your Italian wine is or is not certified quality.
So lets see the different between these labels
The first label I want to talk about is the D.O.C.G because it is the crown worn only by the very best of quality wine produced in Italy.
D.O.C.G denomination - Stands for Italian wines whose grapes are controlled for geographical guaranteed origin, characterized by the physical and chemical properties of the soil zones that usually are very narrow, climate and altitude where the vines were exposed and planted also play an important role and finally the natural physical & chemical production process undertaken by the grapes after they have been gathered.
This kind of Italian wine is regulated by the Italian products disciplinary law.
When wineries aim to obtain the D.O.C.G label for their wines they are actually aiming for certain values imposed by enologists (find out what an enologist is!) that must be utterly respected and are very rigorous. The Italian laws say that the D.O.C.G designation can only be attributed to a wine that was already recognized as D.O.C and is at least 5 years old.
This special Italian wine undertakes a double-examination, the first examination is done one the quality of the grapes stating the amount alcohol that they can elaborate of and the second examination comes during the bottling phase.
It is mandatory that the label must states the indication of the year.
The aging process of the wine is another important characteristic of the D.O.C.G, what makes the difference is the time spent by the wine aging in bottles or in barriques made out of different types of wood, like: Oak tree strains, Acacia, Cherry tree wood and even Almond tree wood. Barriques provide all the necessary suitable changes to the wines color, alcohol content (usually D.O.C.G wines have a higher alcohol content due to the aging process) taste and mouthfeel thus giving every Italian D.O.C.G wine particular uniqueness.
The second label "D.O.C" is presented as the "little brother" of the D.O.C.G
D.O.C wines are Italian wines whose label guarantees that the grapes used in the wine production undergo tests overseen by the Italian products disciplinary law.
In the case of the D.O.C Italian wine, tests establish that the grapes and the wine come from a controlled origin zone, meaning that certain specific grape types that nourish to maximum quality in a specific zone in Italy due to the terrain mineral mixture quality and the climate that provides excellent ambient for perfect grape maturation will be selected to make these particular wines.
So since the D.O.C is the root foundation for any kind of Italian good wine it needs to expose the following attributes for the wine:
=== Identify the territorial origin of the grapes used for the wine production ===
=== State the grape production limit, amount of grapes per land size amount of wine per grape quantity ===
=== State enological practices: wine elaboration, the bottling and refinement process ===
=== Describe the technological and organoleptic characteristics of the wine ===
=== Protects the wine from being counterfeited ===
The D.O.C is a way of getting an idea and better understanding the characteristics of each Italian region throughout its wine types, wine in Italy is a fundamental resource that not only helps you communicate with the land itself but also gives a general idea of the uniqueness provided by every territory in Italy.
Last but not least the I.G.T - Typical Italian Wines with Geographical Identification. Italian product law disciplinary regulates the production of this kind of Italian wine and it is characterized by a production area typically quite large.
Although not a table wine, usually the quality of this Italian wine is not at the top of the peak.
The specifications of the I.G.T Italian wines must establish:
== The geographical indication of the grape ==
== The demarcation of the geographical area where the grape was produced ==
== I.G.T states a list of vine varieties approved for the production of this kind of Italian wine ==
== The maximum grape yield per hectare and the minimum alcoholic strength of the grapes ==
Every wine in Italy contains sulfites
The Facts About Sulfites in Wine
First off — let's talk about what sulfites are, and what they aren't.
What Are Sulfites?
The term ‘sulfites’ is an inclusive term for sulfur dioxide (SO2). SO2 is a preservative and widely used in winemaking (and most food industries), because of its antioxidant and antibacterial properties. SO2 plays a very important role in preventing oxidization and maintaining a wine’s freshness.
I am going to recommend some wines
that me and my family much enjoy
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Smell : Pleasant, intense , delicate, distinctive.
Taste: Fresh , dry, harmonious.
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Smell : Intense and clean, hints of plum, black cherry and blueberry followed by aromas of violet and raspberry
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