Considering buying something special to take home from your trip to Italy? John F Matta, IWSC Italian Winemaker of the year reveals how
Firstly, do not buy a 75cl bottle of wine costing less than €10. It's not possible for a bottle to cost less than this and still be produced with the minimum standards of quality.
Opt for a DOC (Denominazione Di Origine Controllata), DOCG (Denominazione Di Origine Controllata E Garantita) or IGT (Indicazione Geografica Tipica).
These quality-assurance labels tells you where the grapes come from, the production methods used and, normally for the DOCs and DOCGs, it means the quality of the fruit is slightly higher.
Look for stores that have either organised wine tastings or have wine available by the glass. What better way to know if you like a wine before buying it than to taste it? Don't be afraid to ask for a recommendation - usually anyone working in the store will share your enthusiasm.
That's right - front and back. All bottles must show the producer, brand, alcohol content, net content and sulfite declaration. Many include helpful extras such as origin information, special colour or flavour designations and even food-pairing suggestions.
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