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Italian Varietals Abound in Temecula Wine Country – Part I

When you think of Italian wine the varietals that most likely come to mind first might be Sangiovese, Pinot Grigio, Super Tuscan Sangiovese and basket wines (Chianti). With over 2,000 Italian grape varietals identified, there are so many other Italian varietals that are becoming available in the United States and Temecula Wine Country is starting to take notice and plant them.

Italian Varietals Abound in Temecula Wine Country – Part II

Today’s article is about a misunderstood grape varietal, again from Italy. Montepulciano is often confused with Sangiovese. There is a town in Italy with the same name, Montepulciano, that is famous for a wine called Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Well, the wine name translates to the “Nobel Wine of Montepulciano”. The confusion stems from the fact that the wine is also 100% Sangiovese grape varietal. The Montepulciano grape does not even grow near the town, but in the Tuscan region of Italy. Specifically Montepuliciano grows in the Abruzzo region of east central Italy.

Italian Varietals Abound in Temecula Wine Country – Part III

Today’s article is about a wonderful fruity grape varietal Malvasia Bianca, again from Italy. Malvasia is genetically the same as the more commonly known Muscat Canelli or Muscat Blanc grape. Styles of this wine can vary from lightweight to full-flavored, dry to sweet, low to high alcohol. It is sometimes made as a sparkling wine.