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Explorer Club
February 2022

Tim's Wine Market

Understanding European wine labels is tricky, and frankly I do not think that the logic applied by producers and government officials favors casual consumers. The label is supposed to demonstrate a reasonable expectation of style and quality, expressed in the origin or variety from which the wine is made. Too often it is confusing and obscure to all but the most dedicated fans. I can think of dozens of examples of confusing, or overly complicated wine labels from regions across Europe, but to show you that they occasionally get it right, this month I have selected two wines from Italy. When both of these wines were originally created in the early 2000’s they fell outside of the rules for their respective regions. Thanks to some logic applied by their governing bodies they now fall within the rules and still demonstrate authentic, modern winemaking from ancient regions.

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2019 Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona Toscana Rosso

2018 Zenato Rosso Veronese “Alenera”

Linguine with Clam Sauce