If you’ve perused our list of upcoming classes or have done so anytime this year, you probably noticed that most of our Regional classes are devoted to Italy. And they usually sell out – quickly.

And the blurbs that accompany each listing note that more premium Italian wine is consumed in America than Italy…even in the face of price increases as the dollar hangs on for dear life against the Euro. Brunellos, Barolos and Super Tuscans find welcoming shelf space in countless cellars stateside.

Why? I have my theories (shocking, huh?), but those who know my passion for Italy’s wines would chalk it up to cultural bias. So I throw it open for discussion to you, the winedrinkers of America (or anyplace else for that matter)…weigh in with your opinions, and feedback. But please bring something to the tavola beside “..’cause they taste good.”