A Note From Greg Dierberg:
This past summer we fell in love with Italian Wines!
Simply put, the wines blew us away. Their grace, balance and unique Italian style were an awakening to a classic style of wine—the kind that compliments a meal without overpowering it. I joke with my family that we are under their spell now—forever to be an enthusiast. 😊
There is so much to learn about Italian wines, and I’m just getting started. The best way to make sense of Italian red wines is to simply start tasting them. Italy offers the perfect red wine for every occasion—from pizza on Monday to roast beef with the in-laws on Sunday.
We hope you enjoy our selection as much as we do, and that you join us on our journey through Italy by way of Bob’s Barn at Dierbergs.
- Greg Dierberg
Did you know you can tell if an Italian wine is high-quality just by looking at its label?
Italy’s classification system specifies not only the production area and methods for each wine, but also guarantees the quality standard of certain wines which pass a government taste test.
Typical Geographical Indication (IGT) is the Protected Geographical Indication (IGP) designation in Italy that is often seen on Italian wine labels. These wines are produced in a specific territory within Italy and follow a series of specific and precise regulations on authorized varieties, viticultural and vinification practices, chemical and physical characteristics, specific label instructions, etc.
The Protected Designation of Origin (DOP) includes two sub-categories: DOC and DOCG. All DOCG wines and some DOC wines will have a paper band containing a serial number that covers the cork or wraps around the neck of the wine bottle.