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The initials
Denominazione di Origine Controllata (Italian for "Denomination of Controlled Origin"), or D.
O.C., on a label is not exactly a guarantee of a great wine, but it does mean the wine in the
bottle was produced using legal standards and practices required for that type of wine. When in doubt,
D.O.C. (and slightly more exclusive D.O.C.G.) wines are probably safer bets than most alternatives.

Some types of wines that are particularly agreeable to novice wine drinkers include Barbera, Chianti,
Dolcetto, and Montelpulciano among reds, and Frascati, Pinot Grigio, and Tocai among whites.
Prosecco, from north of Venice, is a very accessible kind of sparkling wine, and Moscato is an easy-to-
like type of dessert wine.
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