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Poggibonsi: a town having fun with its feet!

Have you ever dreamt of pressing grapes with your bare feet? Have you ever done it before and would love to do it again? If so, there’s a town in Tuscany that understands exactly where you’re coming from – they know how ‘oh so good’ it feels to squash grapes under ones feet; and to […]

Franciacorta wine…

Franciacorta wine is produced in a Lombardian region bearing the same name. The area is completely surrounded by varying shades of nature – to its north, there’s the Lake Iseo (Lago d’Iseo); to its south are Bergamo and Brescia, to its east are the morainic hills (formed by glaciers), and to its west is the […]

How to make Italian red wine sauce…

Now, we can’t really talk about Italian white wine sauce and not talk about its red wine counterpart. Where would be the justice in that?! It would be somewhat of a culinary sin not to, wouldn’t it? OK, so did you try out the Italian white wine sauce recipe shared in the previous post? If […]

Brunello di Montalcino…

Who knows? One day, you might find yourself live on TV, taking part in a competition. Imagine: you’re in 2nd place, there are only 5 points between you and the person in 1st place. The host asks you to pick a category. You smile broadly and pick ‘the Brunello category’ because the night before, you […]

Merano Grape Festival (‘Fest dell’uva’ or ‘Sagra dell’uva’)

Merano is a city situated in the northern part of Italy. Even though it is surrounded by snow-peaked mountains, the city is conveniently nestled in a valley which ensures that it stays cool in the summer, and mild in the winter. The city is sometimes referred to as the ‘City of Flowers’ for its amazing […]

How Wine is Made…

(How wines are made can vary. This is just one example.) Harvesting The Italian grape harvest season is usually every September/October (depending on the weather). From the time the grapes ripen, they are picked fairly quickly in order to get the best out of them. Destemming/ Crushing The stems are then removed from the grapes […]

Nat Decants…

The internet is such a wonderful medium. Yes, it does have its vulnerabilities, but it’s such a great way to connect with the rest of the world and gain access to a plethora of information. I’ve come across some really wonderful websites lately – from Vinopolis: City of Wine to The Wine Society – sites […]

Tiramisu: Italian Dessert for the Soul…

Tiramisu has been mentioned on this blog a few times before – but only in passing. But I now believe it is time to get to grips with this fine fine dessert (oooh, I’m salivating already. I’m hopeless, aren’t I?) If you like creamy desserts, coffee, and more importantly, Italian wine, then Tiramisu will definitely […]

Montefiascone: Est!, Est!!, Est!!! wine…

The city of Montefiascone is located in the Viterbo province in Lazio, Central Italy. Its name is derived from the word ‘Mons Faliscorum’ which means ‘Mountain of the Falisci’ (the Falisci were an ancient tribe of Italians). Montefiascone’s most famous wine is the Est!, Est!!, Est!!! di Montefiascone and is produced from a combination of […]

The Wine Show…

So I’ve been checking out the website of the other wine event I mentioned previous posts ago on the off-chance that I might be able to attend it (that’s if I’m not away on holiday on a secluded beach being served copious amounts of Chardonnay and fish by a very tall and fine waiter with […]