About Wine Cocktails from Italy

About Wine Cocktails 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

Wine Cocktails

Risata NV Raven Semi-Sweet Red Blend Piedmont
85 points
$14
Violet color. Aromas of black raspberry soda, citrus punch, and chambord with a satiny, vibrant, spritzy, sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, carefree lime sherbet and cherry sauce finish with no oak flavor. A sweet, crisp and berry-centric sparkler.
Risata NV Red Moscato Blend Italy
85 points
$14
Coral orange color. Herbal, fruity aromas and flavors of strawberry lavender shrub, cranberry-lemon chutney, and citronella with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, fruity sweet medium body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-long finish with accents of tangerine and cherry sorbets and pickled watermelon rinds. A wonderfully spicy and herbaceous pink bubbly Dessert Wine that will be a fine way to finish a meal or start a cocktail.