History of Food Wines

The rise and fall of Fragolino, the forbidden red wine

Fragolino is an Italian red wine derived from the dark and purple-skinned Vitis labrusca vine, commonly known as the Isabella grape. The very name “Fragolino” draws inspiration from the Italian word “fragola,” meaning strawberry, offering a fitting description of the wine’s essence and flavor profile. The winemaking process involves a brief maceration period, during which the grape skins interact with the juice, imparting the wine with its characteristic red hue. The result is a wine…

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Tuscany: Where vineyards and cypress trees paint a picture-perfect paradise

Traveling along the scenic routes of Val d’Orcia and Val D’Elsa in Tuscany is nothing short of a dream come true for most visitors. And when you finally arrive here you will absolutely with no doubt, fall in love and you will want to come back again and again. Haven on Earth for wine enthusiasts. Here you have to try truffles, pecorino cheese, and of course the legendary Bistecca alla Fiorentina. Pair them with the…

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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.  Anyway, do you know about the pleasures of a glass of Prosecco, Gavi, or Arneis? Italian Wines for Summer: Pinot Grigio Pinot Grigio, generally the best known of the…

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The History Of Grappa | Origins & Best Bottles

Grappa is a unique Italian drink. It’s traditionally made from pomace, discarded grape seeds, stalks and stems that are a by-product of the winemaking process. This liqueur has been around since the Middle Ages, but the history of grappa has deeper roots. From the ancient Egyptians to Mediterranean alchemists, all the way to our tables, grappa is not only the perfect, elegant conclusion to a good Italian meal. But it’s also a symbol of the magic and…

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Sparkling Wines of Italy

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…

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Prosecco, Italy’s Sparkling Wine

Prosecco was unknown in the US just a few decades ago and now is a common term. Why is prosecco so popular now with young professionals in major metropolitan areas ? I believe the name prosecco has a classy ring to English speakers, and the wine itself is quite good and inexpensive. You can give the impression of offering an exotic bubbly wine for a third of the cost of champagne.  Prosecco starts at about…

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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…

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Benefits of drinking red wine – Italian point of view

The Fall is the season of grapes and wine: it is for this reason that this beautiful piece by Cookie Curci seems so apt to define the atmosphere of the Fall, as well as giving us some interesting info about all the goodness that can be found in a glass of red wine. Benefits of drinking red wine, Cookie says, and she is right: no one can tell you better than our elders how good…

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Liquors and Liqueurs in Italy

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. Galliano, Italian liquor Liquors are alcoholic beverages obtained most…

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Wines of Central Italy

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…

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