Just curious if I have to know all the DOCG's for certified, or just a select few.
Let me know!
Learning about all the DOCG's is a great start if you are going to study Italian wine.
I would focus on some of the maine ones... Chianti/Classico, Amarone, Brunello, Barolo, Barbaresco, Franciacorta, maybe some other sparkling DOCG's just to be familar, maybe Cerasuolo di Vittoria..... There are so many DOCG's, to dive into all of them would be a bit of a waste of time, particularly at the certified level. But there are more important DOC's like Etna Rosso that are more relevant to today's market than some existing DOCG's (not the aforementioned ones, those are the most important for sure). You know, there could be good things to know that aren't necessarily associated with a DOCG as well, like if you were asked which region is most likely to grow Teroldego and you had only studied DOCG's you may not know the answer. It can certainly help to look at major Italian wine lists around the country and see what gets the most representation to understand what's most significant to the market.
Thank you! This is extremely helpful. Any wine lists to suggest?
I'm studying for certified and planning on having all the DOCGs memorized, but I second the above notion that it's much more important to know the major native Italian grapes and regions, particularly ones that are trending today like Etna wines. I'm just following the advice that the best way to study for a test is to prepare for one level higher than the test you're taking.
Always study from a solid base and build up from that. If you can't list the 20 Italian wines regions and know a little about where they are, what their importance is, etc, I would start there. Vino Italiano by Lynch and Bastianich is outdated but still a great, fun way to get a handle of the regions.
Also though, I'm working on a document that maps out the DOCGs in fairly logical groupings, I can email it to you if you like.
I completely agree! If you could send me that document, that would be highly appreciated.
I don't speak for the CMS but I wouldn't be worried about knowing every DOCG at the certified level. Many of them were created for more political than quality reasons—especially early this decade. Focus on the key regions.
Thank you, Geoff. This will definitely help focus my efforts.
Hi Alexander,I am also studying for the Certified exam. Could you email me the document as well? Many thanks!
Hey guys, just reaching out and letting you know that I'm gonna try and work w/ a designer friend of mine to make the document easier to use, so it'll be a minute, but I've got you in mind.