Originally Posted by kwilkinson
I applaud you Gomestar. Italian wines are hard to freakin "get." There are so many varieties. My wine teacher told me that he was friends with the sommelier at Spiaggia restaurant, probably the #1 Italian joint in Chicago, and the guy kept saying he had to learn more and more and more. And my teacher was like "learn more? you've got one country man, get with it." but there are just so many different kinds, it takes a lifetime to truly understand them.
Outside of Spumante d'asti, a little bit of Tuscan wines, and Barbarello, Italian wines are like an entirely different planet to me.
haha, thank you. Italian wines are extremely complex, I've devoted many hours of study to the subject, have visited a few regions and talked with the wine makers, and I still feel marginal in knowledge. But, for me, that's the draw to it all. Its the discovery, the understanding behing the regions, the grape choices, the history, etc. Once you really visit an area like Tuscany, you'll be hooked for life, and I was bitten by the Italian bug a little while ago.
Barbarello - that a mix of Barolo, Barbera, and Brunello?