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How Do You Enjoy Your Italian Wine?

So, how do you? With friends? On your own? With a loved one after a hard day’s work? Indoors? Outdoors? After the children have gone to bed? Everyone has their ideal setting for enjoying a glass (or three!) of some nice Italian wine. 1) Good Company: Now, the worst thing you want is to share […]

Do You Really Know What Tannin Is? (Part 2)

A quick recap from Part 1 (and a short explanation): …the more unripe a grape is, the more tannic (bitter, sour) it is. The riper it is, the less tannin it produces, the sweeter the berry gets. However, to some degree, the seeds, the skin, and the stalk maintain some level of tannins – the […]

Do You Really Know What Tannin is? (Part 1)

When you’ve heard the word ‘wine’, you might have often heard the word ‘tannin’ too. Tannin is a word that’s thrown around quite a bit, but can you say you really know what it means? Hand on heart? If you do know, then good, it means you can explain it to the rest of us! […]

The history of Chianti Wine

The history of Chianti Wine “A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.” (Hannibal Lecter in the film: The Silence of the Lambs – 1991) You see? Even the cannibal that was Hannibal Lecter liked Chianti wine! Chianti (kee-AHN-tee) is one of the […]

Yeast: Your New Best Friend!

Often, when we’re sitting around talking about wine, how many times do we give a thought to the one essential ingredient that works really hard at making it possible to yield such wonderful, beautiful, tongue-tingling liquor? Don’t worry; I’m guilty of it too! So forgive yourself! I’m usually busy talking about ‘Italian wine tour’ this […]