I’m no sommelier, but I know what I like and I can get it in wine country. I can get it at any restaurant in SF. I can get it at any place in the U.S. that sells wine. I like whites. I like reds. Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Cabs. I’m not hard to please.
You know what the problem is? Italy. I swear if I read the label Chianti Classico one more time, I’m going to smash the bottle on the floor. Whoever said the wines in Italy were going to be amazing, I’m going to shoot you! They’re not. They’re bitter, inconsistent. Their wine lists have no breadth.
Again, let’s take any random restaurant in the U.S. How about the Cheesecake Factory, because I love me my big portions of goodness. Check it out.
1 White Zinfandel
3 Pinot Grigios
3 Sauvignon Blancs
3 Pinot Noir
They come from wineries all over the world.
In Italy, nope, only Italian wine. You will not see a single non-Italian wine anywhere in Italy. Doesn’t that suck? Being an Italian and never being exposed to wines other than from your own country?
Get over it, Italy!