About Flavored Wine from Italy

About Flavored Wine from Italy
Italy is regularly the world's leading producer of wine quantity-wise (or second next to France - the numbers are very similar), which should come as no surprise, as wine is produced in each of the country's 20 regions (this is the only country in the world where this is true). While there are still many inexpensive red wines produced in the south as well as in Abruzzo in the country's central region,along with a multitude of value-priced whites from the Veneto region in the north, the emphasis over the last thirty years in the Italian wine industry has been more on quality as well as regional and varietal differences in their wines. Some of the world's most highly regarded red wines, such as Brunello di Montalcino (Tuscany) as well as Barolo and Barbaresco (Piedmont) are produced in Italy and have brought the country great respect from critics and consumers the world round. Of course, Chianti is a moderately priced red that is as popular a red wine as there is anywhere and Barbera from Piedmont and Nero d'Avola from Sicily, two tangy, spicy reds, have become extremely popular over the past two decades. As of late, Italian white wines have made great strides, as examples from Friuli, Alto Adige and Campania among other regions, have been recognized for their distinctiveness and vibrancy. Combining a sense of history with the emphasis on traditional indigenous varieties, along with a willingness to experiment and craft wines that modern consumers are looking for, the Italian wine industry is as strong and as relevant as ever.

Top Picks for Italy

Flavored Wine

Sweet Bitch NV Moscato Peach Bubbly Italy
91 points
$9
Best Buy
Medium old gold color. Aromas and flavors of ripe pineapple, peach, nectarine, and jasmine tea with a round, crisp, finely carbonated, sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, fleeting finish that presents shades of peach jam, apricot jelly, lavender, vanilla, and coconut with no oak flavor. A summer orchard in a glass - try with brunch or for dessert.
Awards: 2021 Best Sparkling Flavored Wine
91 points $9 Best Buy
Sweet Bitch NV Mango Moscato White Moscato
90 points
$9
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of mango chutney and sorbet, lychee and bananas, and peach sherbet and cobbler with a velvety, lively, finely carbonated, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, stimulating, very long finish that shows notes of golden raisin, dried apricot, orange blossom honey, and flower water with no oak flavor. A delicious sweet sparkling wine with rich fruit and fine, silky bubbles.
90 points $9 Best Buy
Tropical NV Peach Moscato Italy
90 points
$17
Best Buy
White gold color. Aromas and flavors of candied peach, green apple, honeysuckle, and elderflower with a supple, soft, petillant, sweet medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish conveying accents of peach sorbet with no oak flavor. A sweet, delicate and balanced flavored Moscato with hints of peach candies.
90 points $17 Best Buy
Villa M NV Peach Flavored Wine Piemonte DOC
88 points
$12
Best Buy
Bright pink coral color. Confected aromas and flavors of peach candy and sorbet, honeyed sultans, waxy candy, and pink suede shoes with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, moderately sweet medium body and a silky, interesting, long finish manifesting elements of honeyed dried apricot, raisin cake a la mode, and hint of potpourri. A very fruity, but not too sweet peach flavored Moscato that tastes like a great fresh peach sorbet; try well chilled on its own with with vanilla gelato.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Tropical NV Grapefruit Moscato Italy
88 points
$17
Pink coral color. Aromas of berry candies, honey, and green apple with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, intriguing, long bitter orange, cranberry, marmalade, and hints of herbs finish with no oak flavor. A citrusy, bittersweet spritz-like wine that will work well in aperitivo hour.
Tropical NV Lux Passion Fruit Moscato Italy
88 points
$21
White gold color. Aromas and flavors of crisp pear, juicy nectarine, hints of ginger, white flowers, and pineapple with a supple, soft, petillant, sweet medium body and a graceful, medium-length finish with no oak flavor. A clean, sweet and fizzy flavored Moscato that’s easy to love.
Tropical NV Lux Mango Moscato Italy
87 points
$21
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of ripe mango and honey on peaches with a satiny, crisp, spritzy, sweet medium body and an intriguing, medium-length finish with notes of ripe green apple, tropical smoothie, and orange zest. An intensely tropical flavored Moscato.
Bella Bolle NV Red Moscato Italy
87 points
$7
Best Buy
Light light ruby color. Aromas and flavors of violet, lavender, juniper, quinine, apricot preserves, and mint with a satiny, lively, finely carbonated, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a silky, appealing, swift finish that exhibits notes of red cherry, almond paste, and canned lychee with fine, silky tannins and no oak flavor. A fun - and balanced! - flavored and floral sweet and spritzy wine for all your brunch needs.
87 points $7 Best Buy
Tropical NV Passion Fruit Moscato Italy
86 points
$17.99
Silvery straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of pineapples in syrup, banana taffy, and peach pie with a supple, vibrant, spritzy, very sweet light body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-length finish. A tangy and candied sparkling wine that caters to your sweet tooth.
86 points $17.99
Villa M NV Berry Flavored Wine Piemonte DOC
85 points
$12
Dark steelly salmon pink color. Aromas and flavors of cranberry vinaigrette, brazil nuts, and geranium with a supple, crisp, spritzy, fruity sweet medium body and an effortless, medium-long finish with accents of berry seltzer and sorbet and honeyed raisins with no oak flavor. A nice berry accented Moscato for parties and desserts.