Simona Piccinelli’s interview with Marco Antonucci, the renowned extra virgin olive oil communicator Olive Oil has been used for over 6,000 years! In the Copper Age, farmers who occupied the present Syrian- Palestinian coast began to select and graft varieties of olive trees producing great fruits, to obtain a greasy, dense liquid, useful for the […]
The unsung diversity of Italian sparkling wine A leading winemaker once proclaimed to Cellar Tours that “Italy is one of the great unsung heroes of the sparkling wine world.” Such a statement is deserving of intense scrutiny, yet there is undoubtedly some truth to the idea that Italy deserves to be better known for its […]
What is the most famous grape of Piedmont? Piedmont and Nebbiolo. The two are as inseparable as Burgundy and Pinot Noir; a noble and longstanding marriage between grape variety and terroir. Planted across the Langhe hills to the south and east of the river Tanaro, Nebbiolo is grown to perfection by the best producers, who […]
What is Barolo Chinato? Barolo. It’s a word that elicits instant excitement from sybarites and collectors – Nebbiolo finds its most dazzling expression in the Langhe hills, on the calcareous soils found east of La Morra and surrounding the village of Barolo itself. At its best, Barolo is a tannic masterpiece of finesse and balance; […]
Which are the best wineries to visit in Tuscany? Sightseeing and wine drinking in Tuscany – is there a more perfect combination in life? Even Bacchus, the god of wine, would envy a road trip through Tuscany’s wine heartlands, marveling at the most spectacular scenery on earth. To taste, drink and dine exceedingly well, this […]
Recipes with Prosecco Wine Prosecco is not only a delightful bubbly good on its own as well as part of the famed Bellini cocktail; it is also a fantastic wine to use for cooking. Here are a few easy and sophisticated recipes to try your hand at: Scallops and Prosecco Ingredients: 400 grams cleaned scallops […]
Best Restaurants in Lake Como and Garda The Italian lakes have long attracted discerning visitors in search of tranquility, relaxation and, of course, outstanding food & wine. Set among picturesque landscapes, Lake Como and Garda are simply long expanses of water nestled right against the mountains, with exquisite views offered as standard. Despite attracting numerous […]
By Simona Piccinelli As in the past years, we couldn’t miss one of the most important, pleasant, enjoyable and relaxed wine events in Italy: SUMMA, 2018 In Alto Adige, immersed in the vineyards and the verdant landscape of the Alois Lageder estate, this 21st edition of Summa gathered more than 80 top notch food and […]
Brunello di Montalcino, despite some stiff competition from the newer firmament of self-styled “Super Tuscans,” has comfortably retained its title as Tuscany’s finest and most lauded wine. At its best, it is a wine like no other in the region: dense, elegant and extremely long-lived. It’s signature scent and flavor have made it a darling […]
Best Restaurants in Naples & the Amalfi Coast Naples and the Amalfi Coast have drawn people in search of culinary excellence for centuries; few places can compete with their classical origins and the freshness and vibrancy of local ingredients. Moreover, despite their marked differences – Naples is chaotic, and sprawling while the Amalfi Coast is […]
The Ten Best Pizzerias in Naples, by Simona Piccinelli, our Italy Specialist This year, I decided to celebrate the New Year with some amici in Naples and I bet them that we would discover the best pizzeria in Naples by eating nothing but pizza for our entire five-day stay. I won the bet (thanks to […]
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 winemaking. Grappa is made all over Italy, from Tuscany to Naples, to the Veneto. The process is relatively simple: the leftover pomace is fermented […]
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