What could be more Italian than some wine as an aperitivo before dinner or a glass with your meal? While you can buy inexpensive bottles in wine shops, do what the locals do… Seek out the local wine shop, the kind that typically has five to a dozen vats of wines to choose from.
For example, off via Giuseppe Garibaldi, Fondamenta Sant’Anna in Venice, the wines are stored in huge glass damigiane (demijohns) sitting in their own wooden basket and topped with a rubber hose for filling bottles.
Bring an empty water bottle, preferably a liter-size, and have it filled. You can opt for a Merlot, a Chianti, or other types of Italian reds. For whites, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon, and Ramandolo, are available among others.
Prices vary, but a liter of wine is typically under 3 Euros – it’s quite the deal. Residents arrive with their empty bottles and jugs, some of which are clearly stained, as they have been used many times before. These vini da tavola won’t make the top list of a wine connoisseur, but this is a great way to taste the local offerings, doing as the Italians do.