Italian Wine Cheat Sheet
If you've finally mastered a basic restaurant wine list, but have no idea what to to do when Italian wines get tossed in, here's a handy cheat sheet that'll get you started. Nicole Gammino, publisher of the online newsletter WeeklyCrush.com, helps us sort through the greasy grapes.
If you like... Pinot Noir
Goes best with: Pizza, red-sauced pastas; great for white fishes
Thrillist insight: Very dry -- but fruity. Like drinking a sour cherry hand towel.
DolcettoIf you like... Pinot Noir Goes best with: Pizza, pastas with mushroom sauce Thrillist insight: Light body, low acid, bright berry and licorice flavors -- but not in a Good N' Plenty kind of way.
Nero d'AvolaIf you like... California Syrah Goes best with: Red Meats Thrillist insight: Tanin-y, super smooth. Billy Dee Williams in a glass.
NegroamaroIf you like... Merlot, Cabernet Franc Goes best with: Roasted Chicken Thrillist insight: Bitter cherries, medicinal infusion. All the more reason to stop sipping Robitussin at parties.
LagreinIf you like... Calif. Cab or Syrah Goes best with: Veal, lamb -- any flavor with a spicy edge Thrillist insight: Picture red Zinfandel, Cabernet, and a spicy prune having a threesome in your mouth.
If you like... Un-oaked Chardonnay
Goes best with: Pesto'd pasta, risotto, heavy fish like sea bass
Thrillist insight: Full-bodied, beefed-up white wine. This white would fail HGH testing.
Greco di TufoIf you like... Sancerre, South African Sauvignon Blanc Goes best with: Shellfish Thrillist insight: There is NO OAK. This is a private fruit party for lemons and apples.
VerdicchioIf you like... Pinot Grigio Goes best with: Fried fish, crab cakes Thrillist insight: Light, tangy, citrus-flavor -- is your masculinity still intact?
If you like... Asti Spumante
Goes best with: Strawberry shortcake
Thrillist insight: With honey, apricot, and orange flavors, this is the fancy guest soap of sparkling wine.
Vin SantoIf you like... Port Goes best with: Itself Thrillist insight: Nuts and raisins dominate the flavor, but it manages to avoid tasting like crappy cereal.