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Monday, January 23rd, 2017
Italian Wines   Italian Grapevine Vinyard   The Italian lifestyle is completed by the famed Italian wines.   Some of the most apreciated wines in the world come from Italy and Italian enologists are much sought after from foreign wanting to start a wine production.   Being long and stretched inside the Mediterranean Sea, Italy enjoys several different landscapes and weather zones. Even if the country is relatively small, it can and does produce wines extremely
Monday, January 23rd, 2017
italy soft drinks
Italy is the undisputed land of wine, but Italians drink a lot of non-alcoholic drinks too. Who would have said that?   Italian Soft Drinks: Chinotto San Pellegrino   You can find Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Fanta and the like everywhere in the world and Italy is no exception. The sparkling, sugary beverages are drank by youngsters and adults alike during meals, parties, or dinners in restaurants. As you can imagine, drinking of soft drinks spikes in summer, but you can find
Thursday, December 22nd, 2016
italian sparkling wines
Italian Sparkling Wines When most people think of Italian wine, they think of the lush, robust reds of Tuscany or the delicate white wines of Piedmont. They don't generally think of sparkling wine…but they should. Italy produces more different kinds of sparkling wine than any other country in the world. In fact, they have been crafting spumantes (literally, sparkling wines) since Roman times, long before Dom Perignon popped his first cork. From the light, off-dry Proseccos to the
Friday, December 16th, 2016
famous italian liqueurs
  Italy is not only and simply known for her fine wines, but also for a plethora of liqueurs and spirits we enjoy at times as an aperitivo, at times as an after-dinner digestive. Often, they become also important ingredients for some of our favorite desserts.  Amaro Fernet Branca - Made from the infusion of numerous ingredients, obtained from 4 continents. After the infusion takes place, Fernet rests in wood barrels for at least a year. The name of this liqueur, according
Saturday, November 19th, 2016
wine labels
I think it's a typical situation: you're invited to a dinner party and would like to bring a good bottle of vino. Off you go to the wine store, full of expectations, thinking it'll be an easy choice: in the end, you just need to check out the label, right? Right.    The problem is wine labels, specifically Italian labels, are not that simple to decipher for we common mortals. Yet, they hold a wealth of important information about the bottle they emblason including, in short,
Saturday, October 15th, 2016
wines of southern italy
They're not household names like their Piedmont or Tuscan cousins, but the wines of Italy's southern wine districts are bold, full-bodied, and satisfying.   Southern Italy has been producing wine for over 4000 years. The wine business here was already booming in 2000 B.C. when the Phoenicians arrived. The Greeks dubbed southern Italy "The Land of Wine," and the Romans delighted in the wines of the Campania region.   In modern times, however, wine production in southern Italy has
Thursday, October 13th, 2016
central italy wine
Italy is the land of many good wines and making up a list of the best among them, as we already said in our article about the wines of Northern Italy, is almost impossible. The central regions of the country are home to some of our best known enological products (think of Chianti, for instance), but also to plenty of lesser known amazing varieties we hope to help you discover.    One thing is certain: vineyards are a quintessential part of the central Italian landscape, to the point it is
Wednesday, September 28th, 2016
wines of northern italy
It is not easy to select a limited number of wines characteristic of Italy's northern regions: there are so many and of such a high quality, I honestly feel guilty leaving names out of this article.   Surely, the same would happen if I had to list the best wines of the Italian Centre or the Italian South, but today's task is harder for me, because I come from Piemonte and from the Langhe, so I may be a little biased. My grandfather used to make an amazing Dolcetto and, as he had two small
Wednesday, September 14th, 2016
history of wine
"No poem was ever written by a drinker of water," the great Roman poet, Horace wrote.   Wine making as shown on a ceiling mosaic at the Mausoleum of Santa Costanza, Rome. (Lawrence OP/flickr)   People have enjoyed drinking wine for thousands of years ever since its ancient origins in Mesopotamia, near present-day Iran. Italian and French wines are amongst the best and Italy is the largest producer of wine in the world. This makes sense because the Romans made the most
Saturday, September 10th, 2016
history of wine
The Ancient History of Wine   History of winemaking reaches into the early century of western history itself (Andrea Pesce/flickr)   The history of wine in many ways coincides with the history of the western world. Historians generally agree that wine was probably discovered accidentally in the Fertile Crescent area, the region between the Nile and Persian Gulf, during the time of the world's first civilizations between 4000 and 3000 B.C. As small settlements grew into
Friday, July 8th, 2016
wine grape
Grape. There you are, a tiny little bud amid a clump of other buds, like sextuplets in the womb, only lots more. The sun is shining, the view - if you had eyes - is spectacular, and all the nutrients needed to maintain health are transported through the vine to you and your green, bulbous siblings.   Wine Grape. Ph. Donnie Nunley on flickr (   Days and weeks pass and you grow in size and richness of color. Soon you are a big, fat ball of purple, dangling in a
Thursday, June 16th, 2016
italian wines for summer
  When the heat of the Summer overwhelms and outdoor patios and balconies beckon, the full-bodied wines often associated with Italy can seem a little overbearing. Don't despair. Italian wine producers offer a variety of light, refreshing wines, ideal for Summer quaffing. Among them is the familiar Pinot Grigio, but do you know about the pleasures of a glass of Prosecco, Gavi, or Arneis?     Italian Wines for Summer: Pinot Grigio   Pinot Grigio, generally the
Thursday, May 5th, 2016
italian red wines
  From lush, deep red Chiantis to light, fruity Bardolinos, Italy produces some of the world's best red wine. Perfect to add extra luster to Italy's rich cuisine, Italian red wines offer variety, quality, and style. Italy has very diverse wine-growing regions. The cool, mountainous northern region of Piedmont produces crisp, austere wines, whereas the sunny, temperate central region of Tuscany yields bold, lusty, full-bodied sensations. Italian wines have a complexity and earthiness that
Saturday, April 30th, 2016
  In happy times and in sad, we will raise a glass to toast our friends and our loved ones. Usually, we toast to honor a life, a birth, a marriage, a holiday or any occasion, even the simplest of happy moments, but that was not always the case.   Toast in Italian   As far back as 600 B.C, glasses were raised when sharing wine, not necessarily to toast a friend, but to ensure that the wine was not laced with poison, the preferred method of murder in those days. The word
Tuesday, April 26th, 2016
  Whoever coined the phrase, In Vino Veritas (the truth is in wine) was right on target. With a little too much wine tongues become loose and the truth comes out, whether or not it will set you free. As an admirer of Bacchus and a lover of the white wine grape myself, I am aware of its many pitfalls. It's difficult to think about what and where they are, however, when one is indulging in its fruity splendor. Wine tastes fine almost anytime and life, my friends, is short and
Saturday, April 23rd, 2016
  Prosecco: dry, lemony, and bubbling, is Italy's answer to refreshing, well-made, sparkling wine. Created from predominately Prosecco grapes in the northern Veneto region of Italy in the foothills of the Alps, Prosecco is light, affordable, and fun.   Prosecco is a sparkling wine that must be served chilled Ph. flickr/Ferruccio Zanone   Traditionally Prosecco was made as a soft, somewhat sweet wine with just a little fizz, but today's Proseccos are dry and very bubbly
Tuesday, March 15th, 2016
aperitif italy
 Customary Drinks Before Meals in Italy   The spritz: a common aperitif in Italy Ph. depositphoto/happyalex   As coffee time, which is one of the main after-lunch ceremonies, in Italy the 'aperitivo' before the evening meal, is absolutely an adequate and enjoyed tradition by the many.   This practice dates way back in the centuries, since the Romans. As a matter of fact the word: Aperitivo, derives from the Latin "aperire" meaning: to begin, or to open. Its purpose
Monday, March 14th, 2016
Chianti Grapes   Chianti, once known to Americans only as the ubiquitous red wine in the straw basket, has come of age. No longer relegated to cheap spaghetti restaurants, Chianti is finding its way into some of the country's finest eateries and wine stores. Chianti, a wine and a wine-growing region, however, has a long and rich history within Italy.   History of Chianti   The traditional Chianti bottle   The region of Chianti, located in central Tuscany
Monday, March 14th, 2016
matching italian food and wine
  Wine, cheese and fruit. Ph. depositphotos/belchonock   When thinking of Italian food, it is the color red that dominates people's imagination, tomato sauce and red wine being the first delicacies to come to mind. In truth, and we all sort of know it already, there is much more to Italy's cuisine than that and, also, there is much more to Italian wines than a bottle of red.    Italy is home to delicate, refreshing white wines, bold and powerful or fruity and subtle
Wednesday, March 9th, 2016
sicilian wines
Somehow in the vast universe that is Italian wine the products of Sicily have been overlooked. Sure Sicilian wines such as Marsala are mainstays in Italian Cuisine and Moscato is a favorite dessert wine, but these two examples are a paltry representative for an island with a wine tradition of four thousand years. Sicily accounts for at least 1/6th of all wine making in Italy, however until recently most of this did not leave the island. Not so today as Sicilian wines are back on the map having
Monday, January 4th, 2016
grappa history
  Grappa: Italy's Elixir   Grappa is a uniquely Italian drink. Traditionally, made from pomace, that is, discarded grape seeds, stalks and stems that are a by-product of the winemaking process, grappa has been around since the Middle Ages. For generations, Italians have sipped this "firewater" after meals and even added a little to their morning espresso, to "correct" it (try to order a "caffè corretto" next time you are in Italy). Once considered an acquired
Wednesday, September 16th, 2015
wine quotes
Wine, the nectars of the gods... Ok, I know it was ambrosia, but let's face it, we think of good old vino as a drink fit for all deities, so we may well just steal the definition and use it for our own purposes, right? We enjoy drinking it and we may like to learn about its history, but we may not often think of it as the subject of literature of aphorisms. In truth, wine has been inspirational to many an artist and its qualities have been praised by many outstanding personalities. Don't you
Thursday, September 3rd, 2015
vineyard tours italy
  Touring the Vineyards of Italy     Vineyards in Italy are a feast of colors and scents (Massimo Ankor/flickr)   Too Numerous to List, Too Picturesque to Miss... Since antiquity, Italians have woven the finer things into the fabric of everyday life: exquisite art, sumptuous food and a seemingly endless supply of wine. Until recently, travelers have reveled only in the taste of the wines while the magnificent wineries of Italy remained elusive to all but a
Thursday, August 20th, 2015
wine tasting
  They look sophisticated don't they? Those wine snobs with their pinkies in the air and their monotonous blather about 'spicy' tastes and 'earthy' aromas-and they know how to say Pinot Noir. They're so pretentious. Now we can be just like them! (Oh, and-you won't have to do it with your pinky up in the air-unless you want to.)   Wine tasting: look! Ph. flickr/Mark   The trick to wine tasting is that there is no trick! Tasting wine starts with three
Saturday, October 4th, 2014
wine and chocolate
Forget wine and cheese parties. In Italy, chocolatiers and enoteche (wine shops) are holding degustazione di vino (wine tastings) with a side of chocolate. Crash courses are no longer limited to wine or olive oil. Chocolate is premiering in the “gastronomic parlor game,” wrote the New York Times in the 2003 article “Hints of Wine? Chocolate Enters the Tasting Room.” The marriage of the fermented grape with the cacao based candy can be heavenly, if you know how to correctly mate those two
Monday, March 17th, 2014
An Italian Trip into the Amarone Wine History   The Amarone is one of the best Italian red wines   There are many unique aspects of Italian wine – the celebration of its indigenous grape varieties and how each region reflects a wealth of history and expertise that has been nurtured over many years, for example. But even with this rich and diverse winemaking heritage, there’s something about Amarone that sets it apart. So where do we start with Amarone? Or Amarone Della
Thursday, March 6th, 2014
wine roads
  Almost ready for the grape harvest, in Montalcino, Tuscany. Ph. flickr/Antonio Cinotti //   Tuscany is famous for its vineyards and variety of grapes, which results in a huge selection of wines.     Thanks to the fame acquired in the course of years, wine has become an important factor of regional economy, also when it comes to tourism: the so-called 'strade del vino',  the roads of wine, are a combination of palatal delight with passion
Sunday, January 20th, 2013
Why Italians prefer drinking wine: in vino salus!   Italy is considered the home country of wine, one of Italians' favorite alcoholic beverages. Wine is not simply considered a drink in Italy, but it is part of local habits and culture, especially when sitting around the table. A lot of  people in Italy decide to drink a glass of wine a day whether at lunch, dinner and even as a drink during the ubiquitous aperitivo. Alcohol is usually not considered an appropriate ingredient in a
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Mineral Waters Italy is among the leading producers, exporters and consumers of mineral water in the world with over 250 brands of Italian mineral water on the international market. Italy produces about 12% of the world's mineral water, however they consume far more than their fair share - over twice the European average. This is with good reason since Italy is a country known since ancient times for great tasting fresh water even among its municipal water systems. The very finest of Italy's
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Cheese Spoils the Taste of Wine Don't waste your money on quality wine if you also intend to eat cheese at the same time. New research conducted at the University of California, Davis shows anyone who eats cheese first will find it nearly impossible to distinguish the subtle tastes which are the hallmarks of a quality wine. According to a report in the publication New Scientist, UC Davis scientists Bernice Madrigal-Galan and Hildegarde Heymann found that the taste of cheese suppresses the
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Opening a Bottle of Wine Correctly Opening a Bottle of Wine Correctly It may seem like one of those things you don't have to think too much about . . . until you actually have to do it. Broken, stuck, or shredded corks can put a damper on your evening. Learn how to open a bottle of wine the right way and pass yourself off as a pro! First of all, choose the right sort of device. The best gadget you can use is the so-called "waiter's pull." This is the handy little thing that looks similar to
Friday, June 1st, 2012
A Simple 2 Bottle Wine tasting Wine tasting doesn't have to be stuffy. Too many people shy away from tasting and comparing wine because they think they don't know "how to do it". Well, what's to know? Take, for example, an impromptu wine tasting we had with two of our neighbors recently. They had come over for a holiday dinner with the instructions only to bring some red wine. While we waited for the food to finish cooking (or overcooking, as it turned out), the four of us tried a bottle of
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Have you ever poured the last few drops of a good bottle of red wine only to find pieces of something floating around in your wine glass? For some, it can be an unattractive scene. But here's the good news. Typically, it's not bottling negligence or some other winery faux pas. It's simply sediment, a matter (in this case, the cork) settling to the bottom of a liquid. And even better news; you can refresh your Casanova di Nieri with elegance and ease. As the youngest child of a self-
Friday, June 1st, 2012
The first liquors were invented across Europe in convents and monasteries during the middle ages, but it was not until the 16th and 17th centuries that their fame and the actual products reached the palaces of the nobility. The recipes for these liquors were kept secret for centuries. Indeed, even nowadays the composition and preparation of many of the best known liquors are carefully guarded secrets. Italian liquor, GallianoLiquors are alcoholic beverages obtained most commonly by the
Friday, June 1st, 2012
BaroloBarolo has been called the "king of wines," and the "wine of kings." It is one of the world's best wines and is made from only the very best Nebbiolo grapes, grown near the town of Alba in Italy's Piedmont. Barolo, a robust red, is full bodied and very dry. It's high in acidity, alcohol and tannin. The aroma is similar to ripe strawberries, tar, roses, violets and truffles. It is a chewy wine. Piedmont & Barolo - a gourmet´s paradise If Barolo is produced in the
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Wine 101 We have seen on movies and television where the Lord of the manor summons the butler to retreat to the wine cellar for a bottle of wine. How impressed would your family and friends be if they discovered you had your own little wine cellar? Home wine cellars are becoming a trend for the average wine drinker. You do not have to be wealthy to start your own cellar. In fact, one of the reasons that prompt wine lovers to start their own cellars is that they can purchase their favorite
Friday, June 1st, 2012
White wine with appetizersWhen you think of Italian wine, do you think of Chianti? Barolo? Barbaresco? How about Arneis or Soave or Gavi? Italy's white wines are much lesser known than her bold, red cousins. They are light, delicious and affordable. Italian white wines have a character all of their own. Crisp, soft, and highly acidic, they are made to accompany food, not overpower it. Even Italian wines made from grapes popular elsewhere, such as Chardonnay, take on a slightly different,
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Sicilian Red So, you've come to realize that your home is in one of the premier wine regions in the country. You begin to make the rounds to the various wineries, engage in wine tasting and develop a cultured palate for the stuff. Over time you begin building a wine collection and consider yourself somewhat knowledgeable on the topic. Family and friends turn to you when it comes time to select a wine for a particularly well thought out meal or event. You have become the very image of