Wine Spec­ta­tor selects the best Ital­ian wines

All About Italy (USA) - - Wines Of Italy - Alessandro Creta

With 55 winer­ies ap­plauded, Italy ranks the most rep­re­sented coun­try in the U.S. mag­a­zine’s list­ing. Once again, the Bel­paese man­ages to keep up its in­ter­na­tional rep­u­ta­tion in the world of wine.

Italy holds on to its ti­tle as the land of wine, with nu­mer­ous Made in Italy prod­ucts ap­pear­ing in the Wine Spec­ta­tor’s “Grand Tour”. The pres­ti­gious life­style mag­a­zine an­nu­ally selects the best la­bels in the world. This sea­son 107 Ital­ian wines have been se­lected, a mas­sive pres­ence of Ital­ian bot­tles (more than one wine out of four comes from the penin­sula), nod­ding to the great suc­cess that our la­bels have in the States. The list signed by the Wine Spec­ta­tor links two wine cul­tures — Ital­ian and US — proof of Amer­i­can wine lovers at­ten­tion to our prod­ucts. The re­sult not only show­cases the best lo­cal prod­ucts, but also brings Ital­ian wine­mak­ers and im­porters from the other side of the At­lantic to­gether in the same room. The list re­flects Ital­ian vi­tal­ity in the glass and Amer­i­can taste.there many new entries to the wine bi­ble’s lineup, in­clud­ing three new pro­duc­ers from the re­gion of Veneto: two Prosecco Docg, 47 from Bor­tolotti and Primo Franco 2006 by Nino Franco; the third is Acini­no­bili 2009 by Fausto Mac­u­lan, the maker of Tor­co­lato, a 1970s Ital­ian wine icon from the land of au­thor Meneghello. The “de­but” Si­cil­ian la­bels are just as di­verse: Carolina Marengo 2014 by Feudi del Pis­ciotti, Vigna Barba­galli 2013 by Pi­etradolce and Sangue d’oro 2015. Ob­vi­ously, es­tates and his­tor­i­cal wines are rep­re­sented, as well: Pied­mont’s Baresi March­esi with Barolo Sor­massa 1988, or Prunotto rec­og­nized for Barolo Bus­sia 2011. Ital­ian re­gions con­tinue to leave their im­pres­sion on US con­sumers and the Wine Spec­ta­tor of­fers the right op­por­tu­nity to bring these two seem­ingly dis­tant worlds closer. Ever in­creas­ing wine tourism is em­blem­atic of this grow­ing “pas­sion” that has con­tin­ued grow­ing over re­cent years, with many Amer­i­cans choos­ing the most in­ter­est­ing Ital­ian wine re­gions as their des­ti­na­tion.

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