The red wines of Southern Italy do not have a great reputation. The hot climate and old winemaking practices made decades of poor-quality wine. Recent improvements have started yielding rich wines made mostly from Aglianico and Primitivo. These wines have strong fruit flavors and pair very well with Italian meat dishes. Primitivo is the most famous wine of the area and it has been found to be genetically identical to the grape Zinfandel. It makes wines that are very similar to that Zinfandel. The best versions of these fruit-forward wines come from the Puglia region. Just south of Puglia...Read more
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