I’ve visited Italy a few times – when I was backpacking (in the 1980s), with our kids during a teacher exchange in 2000, and with my wife in 2014 (where this photo of Pompeii is from).
Italy has so much going for it – culture, history, food, and, of course, wine!
Italy is the world’s largest producer of wine and it has the most varietals of grapes at more than 500, of which 350 are approved for making wine. Italy is also one of the few countries where ‘reserve’ (or ‘riserva’) actually means something – aged for a specific amount of time, depending on the type of wine and method of fermenting. Unfortunately, at the BC Liquor store, they just can’t carry all of those varietals – but I did manage to taste a few different ones over the past month and I thought I would share what I thought of the four Italian ‘tenors’ that I tasted.