Italy helped write the book on wine, and at production levels of more than 17 percent of the world's total, Italian wines are still plenty popular and very prolific. Italy vies with France for the top spot in wine production, and they're both big wine consumers, too. If you think of a recently (and happily) emptied Chianti bottle on a checkered tablecloth when you think of Italian wine, you're probably not alone. A glassful of Italian vino brings to mind fun, family and boisterous good times (along with pasta, too). If you also flashed on that grape stomping episode of "I Love Lucy," you get extra points.