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Types of Italian Red Wines  

Red wines are a wonderful addition to many different types of meals. Although one may automatically think of pairing a red wine with a meat or pasta dish, this type of wine goes nicely with a wide array of foods. Italian red wines in particular are a specific wine selection that is a great accompaniment to almost any meal. There are various types of red wines from the Italian region which are quite splendid. Some of these popular wines will be discussed in some detail below.


If one is looking for a nice, dry red wine from the Italian region, Chianti may just be the perfect choice. This medium-bodied wine is made from the Sangiovese grapes and comes largely from the Tuscany area. Chianti goes perfectly with red meats, pasta and shellfish as well as certain types of poultry dishes.


Another medium-bodied red Italian wine is Valpolicella. This type of wine due to its dry characteristics and medium body will go best with flavorful, heavy varieties of food. Valpolicella is an extremely popular Italian red wine, coming in right behind Chianti with regard to being a highly favored wine.


For those individuals who prefer a less dry red Italian wine, the Amarone variety might be the perfect wine to try. Although Amarone is somewhat dry it has a variety of flavor combinations which give it a sweet taste. This is paired nicely with various cheeses and foods which are full in flavor.

Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

This type of Italian red wine is medium-bodied yet fruity in flavor. The tone of the wine will depend on the specific producer as Montepulciano d’Abruzzo wines can be drier or less dry depending on the vineyard. This is a type of red wine that can go with a wide variety of meals and food genres.


If a wine drinker is looking to pour a glass of red Italian wine that is a bit different in nature, Lambrusco is the way to go. This wonderful red has a slight fizz to it and is not as dry as some of its red wine counterparts such as Chianti or Valpolicella. Lambrusco is a medium-bodied wine which is fruity in nature. The consistency of the Lambrusco makes it a wine that is easy to drink and unique in and of itself.


These are just a few of the many red wine options which come from Italy. Many of the red wines are dry and medium-bodied in consistency yet one will find a few that deviate from the norm with regard to taste and body. With all of the wonderful options the Italian region provides with regard to red wines, it is hard to go wrong with an Italian red wine selection.

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