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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Bacchus: The Roman God of Wine

I love mythology – I love where they can take the mind, how magical they are, the lessons wrapped in them. One of my favourite mythical gods is Baubo, the Belly Goddess, the Goddess of Laughter. I shall say no more about her, but if you want to know more, Google her name. That wine […]

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 […]

The origin behind Italian wine names

Frascati, Barolo, Orvieto, Barbaresco, Dolcetto, Semidano ….you could almost arrange these into a beautiful poem, don’t you think? Don’t you just think the names of Italian wines sound so lovely to the ear? You don’t even have to know what these names mean in order to hear the rhythm in them. Nonetheless, here are the […]