From Barolos, Barbarescos and those banging 2010 Brunellos to the Super-Tuscans and even Merlots and Syrahs, Italy is putting out some amazing wines these days. And their whites — like the Vermentinos, Pinot Grigos and Proseccos — are finally getting the recognition they deserve here in the States.
So you should be drinking them — all of them. There are so many fabulous, yet reasonably priced, bottles for everyday. And on the high-end, wines like Tignanello, Sassacaia and Ornellaia, have maintained their pricing, even while the infamous French Bordeauxs have become so expensive because the Chinese have jacked up prices.
So consider Italian wines the next time you want to buy a bottle as an investment.
I got to discuss that and so much more with Andrew McMurray, VP at Zachys Wine and Liquor, in Scarsdale, NY. Seems he loves Italian wines almost as much as me. We talked and tasted so grab a glass and listen along here.
Here are the wines we tasted:
- Soave Classico Pieropan 2014
- Brunello di Montalcino La Casa Caparzo 2010
- Ornellaia 2012
- Saffredi Le Pupille 2012
Or better yet, f if you happen to be in NYC on Tuesday, February 23, Zachys is co-hosting the Great Wines of Italy with James Suckling. About 120 Italian wines will be poured by their producers at this event. That includes Ornellaia, Pio Cesare, Banfi and Casanova Di Neri, to name a few. Super cool.
If you didn’t make the event, then be sure to pour a glass of Italian wine, close your eyes and transport yourself back to your favorite piazza.
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