U is for Uva a.k.a Wine

I’m a big sucker for wine. You can pour any white, red, rose, or sparkling wine in my glass and I’ll drink it. As long as it tastes nice, I’ll be happy. Ofcourse, I do have some preferences. For instance, I am not a big fan of French wines. I don’t know why, but they just don’t work for me. However, I do adore wines from South America and Australia.

And I am absolutely in love with Italian wines (how surprising). As one of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world, the Italians have learned to make the best of the best.

Here are my favourites:

Pinot Grigio
A white wine which, due to its freshness, is perfect for hot summer nights. One of the most popular white wines, also known as Pinot Gris in France. It’s delicious with a pizza or pasta, or just as a chilled drink while soaking up the sun.

chianti sangiovese
A Chianti as drank by myself in Trastevere, Roma.

The red Sangiovese grape is grown in Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany. Typical for this wine is a spicy, powerful flavour and can contain quite some tannins. It is often used in a blend with other red wine grapes, such as Cabernet Sauvignon to make Tuscany’s most famous wine: Chianti.

This wine is relatively unknown, but my favourite. The Fiano grape is cultivated in the Campania region of Italy and in Sicily. The dry white wine has a strong flavour with notes of tropical fruits. I love to drink this wine with grilled fish or with a salad, as it is quite light.

My dad is pouring me a glass of red Lambrusco.

This sparkling wine comes in white, rose, and red, but I would definitely recommend trying the red variety which is less sweet. White Lambrusco is amazing when served chilled during a picknick or light meal, although it can accompany a heavy dish just as perfectly. The grape originates from Emilia-Romagna and Lumbardy.

What are your favourite wines? Do you prefer the Old World over the New? Rather drink a white than a red? Let me know in the comments!


9 Comments Add yours

  1. Sabina says:

    My friends are die-hard Malbec fans so I’ll drink that with them. I don’t really have a favorite, all I know is that I MUCH prefer red.


    1. basilandoil says:

      That’s an amazing wine as well! I love red but I mainly drink it in the winter. Otherwise I do prefer a fresh white!

      Liked by 1 person

    2. Hannah G says:

      Same — no real favorite, but much prefer red.

      Also I’m a heathen and I drink chocolate wine, but whatevs. 😉

      Liked by 2 people

      1. basilandoil says:

        Chocolate wine? Please enlighten me 😉


      2. Hannah G says:

        I don’t know what black magic they use to combine red wine with (basically) chocolate milk, but it’s delicious. Over in the novelty wine/drink mixes section of the grocery store.

        Liked by 1 person

      3. basilandoil says:

        I NEED this in my life!! Gonna search for it here!!


      4. Hannah G says:

        😀 Hope you find it! I especially like it for spiking the various other beverages I enjoy. (Chocolate milk, hot chocolate, milkshakes, poured over ice cream or even cake, etc.)

        Liked by 1 person

      5. basilandoil says:

        Sounds amazing!


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