Grappa is a traditional Italian spirit made from the pressed seeds and skins of grapes (pomace) or “vinaccia” as it’s called in Italian after the must (grape juice) is used in wine making. Grappa is made all over Italy, from Tuscany to Naples, to the Veneto. The process is relatively simple: the leftover pomace is […]
[Updated August 2017] Campania is one of our favorite regions in Italy, so diverse and with such stunning countryside, coast and towns. In this area of southern Italy, you’ll find the Amalfi Coast , the fascinating city of Naples, volcanic Pompeii, Capri, lesser known islands like Ischia and countless seaside hamlets. Enjoy these short travel […]
In the right hands a winery can be far more than simply a functional centre for processing grapes and producing wine. After all, making great wine is as much an art form as a science – so why shouldn’t a winery reflect the inherent beauty of wine-making? The world’s greatest architects, from Sir Norman Foster […]
If your priorities while on vacation are great food and even better wine; welcome to paradise! Tuscany’s proud capital has long been one of Italy’s most exciting food destinations, the local philosophy of only using fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients remains unchanged today. That is not to say, however, that more refined and modern interpretations […]
Friuli’s reputation is often dwarfed by its larger neighbor Veneto, but despite the region’s lesser renown Friuli is full of top-quality producers, and increasingly conscientious growers who work to organic and bio-dynamic principles. French varieties have been planted for years in this part of north-east Italy, which borders Slovenia and Austria and is merely an […]
Served either as a pre-dinner aperitif or as a post-meal digestive, Italian liquors have a hallowed place in the country’s culture and cuisine. Many types of liquors are based on age-old recipes that people once made in their homes, using the ingredients on hand. These days, plenty of large firms produce liquors for consumption at […]
Limoncello is undoubtedly one of the gorgeous Amalfi Coast’s most celebrated exports. Savvy bartenders love it, locals grow up with it, and yet many of us would struggle to explain exactly how or where it is made, despite its instantly recognisable powerful scent and depth of flavor. It is simply the world’s most delicious liqueur, […]
Italian Red Grapes Aglianico: used to make quality full-bodied red wines in Campania (best commune being Taurasi) and also in up and coming Basilicata. Of Greek origin, it was known as “Vitis Hellenica” Aleatico: strong Mediterranean red varietal grown on the island of Elba and also in Puglia and Lazio Barbera: makes both elegant and […]
A-D Abboccato – slightly sweet Acerbo – tart, “green” Acescenza – volatile wine Aceto – vinegar, usually made with a wine base Aglianico – ancient red grape grown in the Campania region of Italy (south of Naples) Alcool – alcohol Amabile – off dry (semi-sweet) Amaro – bitter Annata – vintage year Appassimento – the […]
When you think of Italian ham, no doubt it’s the thin, crumpled slices of velvety smooth, salty-sweet Prosciutto that come to mind. Yet calling all Italian ham ‘Prosciutto’ is akin to calling all white wine ‘Chardonnay’. To the initiated, Prosciutto is a vast world of taste and texture, with each Italian region putting its own […]
In the Mediterranean, vines and olive trees have always grown side by side, making olive oil as integral to the Italian culture as wine. Olive oil is inescapable in Italian cooking; from pasta dishes, to vegetables, to meat or fish, it’s hard to find a recipe that doesn’t include a drizzle of extra virgin olive […]
Chocolate first made its way to Italy in the 16th century, soon after Spanish explorers imported the cocoa bean from the new world. Although it was first used only as a drink for the privileged, it didn’t take long for chocolate to earn a beloved place in Italian desserts. These days, you’ll find Italian chocolate […]
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