05/02/2011 12:31 pm ET Updated Jul 02, 2011

Snooth's Guide to Italian White Wines -- Part 1

With the spring teasing us with the warming rays of the sun, it's no surprise that people are asking once again about what white wine they should be trying. Some recommendations are pretty easy to make. In the New World, for example, telling someone about New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc or a Napa Chardonnay is pretty straightforward. Everyone knows the grape varieties and the styles are pretty well understood as well.

Venture abroad to France and things get a bit more difficult. Though once you get the grape and region association down, you know Burgundy is Chardonnay, Bordeaux is mostly a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, Vouvray is Chenin Blanc - it's pretty straightforward.

Move on to Italy though and what do you get? A slew of wines, many unique to their regions, with confusing names. So what should you do? Check out our guide to Italian whites! Today's installment, part one, focuses on the whites of Northwest Italy. Morgex or Pigato, what's your poison?

Click here for 7 Great Picks from Northwest Italy

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