Wonderful Italy

Let’s explore Italy and some of its wonderful things and people….

Table Wine, Vino da Tavola….

Italian wines imported to north America are not usually cheap, certainly not good ones. This is also true here in Italy. The high value of the Euro vs. the Dollar is one reason, but even without that, well-known wines can be quite costly here. There is not really a decent Brunello di Montalcino to be found in Siena for less than 24 Euros, about $30.00 US, and up (way up).  Lower cost Chiantis and generic Sangiovese reds can be much less, but quite variable in quality.  One little known option is to ask at the local deli for Vino da Tavola, table wine. Not all delis have this – but it is worth asking.  If they sell wine this way, the clerk will disappear into the back room and return a few moments later.  You will take home a liter of very drinkable red in a screw top bottle for about 3.00 Euros. “Una bottiglia di vino da tavola con tappo per favore….”

April 18, 2007 - Posted by | Food and Drink

7 Comments »

  1. When you return I want to have a Wine Tasting to test my hypothesis that there’s little relationship between preference and cost *as long as the tasting is blind*. So consider bringing home a few or your favorites and we’ll have a party.

    Comment by JoeDuck | May 27, 2007 | Reply

  2. Ciao,
    Loved reading your blog. My sister’s an ex-pat the past 20+ years living in and loving Siena. Sadly, I’ve only been three times in all those years. Still hoping one day to experience il Palio. Ma certo, so true about the vino di tavola. My brother-in-law has an incredible collection of italian wines in their private wine cellar, but for dinner and in general he goes to a local winery, fills up his huge jug, goes home and individually bottles (no label) his daily supply of red – in the garage!

    Where did you teach last year?

    Comment by Catherine | January 13, 2008 | Reply

  3. I TRIED A WINE ONCE THAT WAS SUPERB AND CAN’T FIND. ON THE LABEL IT SAYS: CONTESINA 1984 (750 ML) “VINO DE TAVOLA-VINO ROSA, VAL LAGARINA.” DO YOU KNOW WHERE IT IS SOLD? THANKS

    Comment by CAROLYN MCCOY | November 4, 2008 | Reply

  4. i tried a wine when in italty and con not find in u.s.a.1st was il giandino di albino ristorante,specialita sarde e nazionali sa prenda. 2nd castelli romani rosso la selva do you know where it is sold.

    Comment by william j puglisi | April 22, 2009 | Reply

    • No, sorry – but you might try a Google or other web search for it, you may find a US distributor. In boca al lupo!

      Comment by Anekiti | April 23, 2009 | Reply

  5. I find it so encouraging that am not the only human out there
    over the age of 20 who doesn’t know any of this! Time to learn *about all of it*.

    Comment by Monisha Vohra | September 24, 2012 | Reply

  6. Glad you are discovering some more about this realm. Just go out and explore — your adventures await!

    Comment by Anekiti | September 24, 2012 | Reply


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

%d bloggers like this: