At Wine & Beyond, we love old world wines and our selection showcases special finds from Italy, Germany, Spain and Beyond.
Italy produces some fantastic wine varieties including Sangiovese & Nebbiolo as well as Moscato d’Asti & Asti Spumante sweet, sparkling wines. There are three major grape growing areas in Italy which include Tuscany, Piedmont and northeastern Italy.
Piedmont creates some fantastic Barbaresco & Barolo wines from the Nebbiolo grapes and Tuscany produces beautiful Chianti from the Sangiovese grapes. Chianti wines are generally fresh & fruity reds while Barolo & Barbaresco are very intense, full-bodied reds with distinct aromas & flavors of rose, violets and tar. Northeastern Italy is best known for white wines made with Pinot Bianco & Pinot Grigio grapes as well as Soave and Valpolicella.
Germany produces some fantastic white wines with Riesling as the most commonly used grape offering some fantastic crisp, refreshing and aromatic wines. There are numerous different terms used with German wines:
- Trocken is a wine style which means “dry.”
- Auslese is a medium to full wine with higher levels of sugar and generally off-dry or slightly sweet
- Spatlese is a medium-style wine dry, off-dry or sweet with intense flavor.
- Kabinett is a light wine, low in alcohol content with a tangy acidity at the finish.
There are many exciting wines from Spain available at Wine & Beyond, both red and white. Tempranillo is a classic red Spanish grape as well as Garnacha and Verdejo for white grown in three main areas – Rioja (a major red area of Spain), Ribera del Duero (known for producing some high quality reds) and Penedes (produces Cava as well as red and white wines).
- Rioja primarily produces wines from Tempranillo and Garnacha grapes
- Ribera del Duero uses Tempranillo, Garnacha and Cabernet
- Penedes produces sparkling wine called Cava, as well as wines from Tempranillo, Cabernet &