Nostalgia and local pride always play a part in the love of regional wines, whether from the Loire Valley or the banks of the Rhine. So it’s hard not to be in thrall to a wine that you’d drink on the island of Capri overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Prior to my great grandparents’ emigration to America in 1888, they hadn’t a clue what kind of wines they were drinking back in the Old Country, where no one had ever tried to classify one grape from another.
In those days, as in most of Italy, most grapes were self propagating, a condition called “promiscuous cultivation,” and the vines had to compete with other plants for water and nutrients, thereby producing wines of little character. Oxidation was considered characteristic; wine was sold almost exclusively from huge, old, oak barrels.
Even after Italy’s Ministry of Agriculture established its denomination of wine origins in 1963, it was a frustrating job to delineate the distinctions among dozens of Campanian grapes like greco, fiano, falanghina, biancolella and coda di volpe (tail of the wolf).
Strange Random Wine Quote (Fact, in fact):
- Koppert Cress Tour Italia – 7th stop: Campania, Palazzo Petrucci with Lino Scarallo (carpediemclub.wordpress.com)
- 8 Outstanding Italian Red Wines You’ve Never Heard Of (menuism.com)
- What do the Italians call a native of the Italian region of Campania (wiki.answers.com)
- Life’s short; try a different wine today (knoxnews.com)
- 2007 House Wine-Red (winecommonsewer.com)
- What is the English translation of the Italian ‘Campania’ (wiki.answers.com)
- Cheese and wine in Champagne (ckenb.blogspot.com)
- Saffron risotto with goose liver pâté recipe (telegraph.co.uk)
- Vines – Curiosity (cercasisole.wordpress.com)