Orvieto Classico label
Orvieto Classico is a well-known fruity white wine produced around
Orvieto. This label (from the Ruffino winery, a wine distributed in
the U.S. for about $10 a bottle) shows a sketch of Orvieto including the
recognizable landmarks of the Duomo, the Torre del Moro, and the Torre del
Maurizio. I think this is an imaginary and rather truncated perspective,
although I'm not positive--I have only seen the town from below from the
area of the train station and the funicolare--so my apologies to the
artist if I am wrong about that.
This wine is an agreeable change of pace from the run of the mill Chardonnays.
Without much doubt, though, the best place to drink Italian wine is
in Italy, going for whatever is produced locally. House wines in U.S.
restaurants tend to be pretty flavorless deals. By contrast, I have
never been served a table wine in a restaurant in Italy that wasn't eminently
drinkable and a good complement to the food. The wines that are exported
to us, particularly the inexpensive ones, are uneven in their quality. I
suspect that some are wines that nobody in Italy wants to drink ...
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