But the modern face of Italian wine goes beyond the storied pours that have made the country famous. Look to emerging regions like Etna in Sicily, Franciacorta in Lombardy and Alto Adige in the north for some of the country’s most eclectic, terroir-driven flavors.
From spirited Nero d’Avola to crisp and clean Müller-Thurgau to the refined bubbles of metodo classico wines, Italy’s current pantheon of soon-to-be-stars has moved beyond the wines that sommeliers stockpile for their own tables, and onto the mainstream market. Food-friendly and affordable, these are the wines that you should seek out now, either for cellaring or drinking every day.
Four distinctive regions of Sicily are the focus of Italian Editor Kerin O’Keefe’s article. Italy’s biggest island is fast becoming the country’s most buzzed-about wine region, with elegant options from Etna, Faro, Vittoria and Noto making serious waves. Heading north, O’Keefe takes wine and food lovers on an eye-popping tour of the incomparable Cinque Terre region.
Moving beyond Italy but keeping the theme of discovery, Contributing Editor Anna Lee C. Iijima profiles the Rheinhessen mavericks who are crafting expressive, dry wines that represent a new era for Germany.
Also in the issue: Asian-inspired cocktails add exotic flair to your home bar, while a small plate—or meze—feast, assembled by Lifestyle and Entertaining Editors Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen, offers classic Mediterranean wine-and-food pairings.