V.D.T. (Vino da Tavola)[VEE-noh dah TAH-voh-lah; pl. VEE-nee] Italian for "table wine, " referring to Italy's lowest category of wine. The term is similar to France's "vin de table" and Germany's tafelwein. Generally, VdT wines are fairly ordinary; however, there are a number of surprises because many top producers don't conform to DOC regulations and make excellent wines that they register in this category. This occurs mainly when producers use unapproved grape varieties or when the proportions don't meet DOC regulations. Examples of such excellent wines are Tuscany's Solaia and Tignanello (both are a blend of cabernet sauvignon and sangiovese).

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