I am going to Italy for first time..Rome, Florence, Venice…I would like to taste Italian wines there…as I am pretty wine novice would prefer with little % alcohol.
What would you recommend?
As you state not being a wine expert and you will not opt for any wine tasting tour, the following general tips on drinking and buying wine in Italy could be helpful.
- Where to taste wine
Look for Enoteca where wine by the glass is served along light meals. Ask them to suggest a wine to match the food.
I would suggest you to ask the house wine (cheaper wines made locally, labelled as being typical of the region you are visiting) which you can usually order by 1/4, or 1/2 liter. Ask your waiter for a taste; usually you’ll be able to choose among red or white, dry or sweet wines.
- What wines to taste
A few general tips for non experts. Again, my suggestion is to drink the wine local to the region you are visiting.
In Florence and generally in Tuscany , Chianti, Nobile di Montepulciano, Brunello di Montalcino just to name a few among the Tuscany’s great wines.
In Venice and in Veneto region, try Valpolicella, a wine sweet and fruity, suitable choice for a wine novice.
In Rome the most appreciated local wines are whites, such as Frascati (“Vini dei castelli”) and Orvieto.
If your stay in Italy will be in November try the Novello, a sweet and fruity wine, made from the grapes that were just harvested. You’ll be able to taste it, after November 6.