SPARKLING-ITALY

Italy produces more different kinds of sparkling wine than any other country in the world. In fact, they have been crafting spumantes (literally, sparkling wines) since Roman times, long before Dom Perignon popped his first cork. The grapes and climate of this area gave their sparkling wines a bright straw color and fruity taste. From the light, off-dry Proseccos, considered ideal summer wines, to the classic Franciacortas, Italian sparkling wines are varied, tasty, and often quite affordable.