Food and wine are memorable takeaways from any trip to Italy. What makes this experience special is the diversity of the food, the culture, the local traditions and the wine (of course).

CNN and Stanley Tucci (actor, director) are presenting a series of regional cuisine in Italy starting Sunday night for 6 consecutive weeks. I don’t know much about CNN_Searching-For-Italy_2021 but I plan to watch each episode while enjoying the wines of the region.

A friend suggested that it might be fun to learn about (and drink) the wines in each region. That said, I will post a weekly blog to explore the wines in each region. The schedule of episodes is

  • Naples – February 14  
  • Rome – February 21
  • Bologna – February 28
  • Milan – March 7
  • Tuscany – March 14
  • Sicily – March 21

The first episode is the region of Naples and the Amalfi coast. Naples, the 3rd largest city in Italy, resides in the province of Campania about two hours south of Rome.

Pizza Margherita with tomato sauce, mozzarella, fresh basil pairs with red or white wine.

Aglianico (pronounced ah-YEAH-nee-koh) is rich full-bodied red wine (clink link to read more) from vineyards in Campania and Basilicata. The most famous producer of Aglianico is Mastroberardino and his Taurasi Aglianico has a world-wide following.

Being a seaside city, seafood is important in Neapolitan cuisine and Campania has white wines to pair with seafood. My favorites are Fiano di Avellino and Greco di Tufo (click link to read about each wine).

The following wines are currently sold at Sunrise Caldwell ShopRite for under $20 each.

I have previewed some clips of this series and they are quite entertaining. So, tune-in Sunday night, snuggle up with a nice bottle of Italian wine and enjoy…

Cheers, Bob the WineGuy