Chianti got a bad rep, Vesuvius makes it ashy, a fiasco is a bigger jar, and sometimes grapes are trashy. Join MSU professor Linnea Iantria as she deciphers the “real” story about Italian wines.
Italian wines have been grown since Roman times. The Romans even extended their vineyards as far as Romania and many of those regions continue to produce the same style of wine. Each region of Italy produces a varietal of wine that is often unique, such as Lacryma Christi which is grown on the slopes of Mt. Vesuvius. But wines are also part of cuisine, not only in the recipes of various dishes, but with regard to how they are paired with particular dishes. And, did you ever wonder about what happens to the husks of those grapes that are not part of the process? There's a good story there, too! Although professor Iantria won't be able to share samples of the wines with you, she will be sharing the truth about the wines of Italy.
Professor Iantria is an MSU senior instructor in the Department of Geography, Geology and Planning. Her primary interests and experience are in the areas of tourism geography and world regional geography.