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. Its signature scent and flavor have made it a darling […]
Who initially coined the idea of buying wine for profit as well as pleasure? Well, the Brits were some of the first off the starting line, purchasing excess cases of Bordeaux classics like Chateau Palmer to sell at a later date. This provided welcome funds for younger models and was the pursuit of wine aficionados, […]
In the space of just over fifteen years, a remarkable resurgence in the quality and quantity of luxury wine hotels has left the discerning oenophile seriously spoilt for choice. Pioneers like Rioja’s Marques de Riscal and Jean-Michel Cages, owner of Cordeillan Bages in Bordeaux, have given the industry a much-needed boost with their natural talent […]
People always ask us “when is the best time to come to the wine country?” and the answer we always give is May or June for good weather and fewer crowds and of course September and October during the harvest time. Often, however, those months might not correspond to the vacation time available to you! […]
Tuscany in the Fall- By Simona Piccinelli, Italy Specialist Tuscany is the ideal destination for a gourmet wine tasting getaway in the autumn! Imagine freshly pressed extra virgin olive oil on bruschetta; exquisite white truffles shaved over handmade pasta; aromatic porcini mushrooms and roast chestnuts; pumpkin and sage stuffed pasta; ripe figs wrapped in prosciutto; […]
The Val d ‘ Orcia, featured today in the NY Times, is quintessential Tuscany and utterly romantic. Expect dreamy hills studded with cypress trees and ancient farmhouses; a smattering of gorgeous art cities and medieval towns in easy reach (Siena, Pienza, San Quirico D’ Orcia, Montepulciano, Montalcino); world class wine country (Brunello, anyone?); amazing cheese […]
Italy´s wine country is spectacularly varied from the dramatic valleys of Piedmont overshadowed by the Alps, to the fairytale wine roads of Chianti (complete with castles, medieval villages and cypress lined country roads), to the volcanic vineyards near Sicily´s Mount Etna. Wine lovers coming to Italy are spoiled for choice when it comes to beautiful […]
Italian chocolate makers are world famous and artisan chocolate making is experiencing a Renaissance. This is good news for chocolate lovers! Here is a quick check list of chocolate events, festivals, tours and producers in Italy, enjoy! Chocolate in Piedmont CHOCOLATE EVENTS IN PIEDMONT- Turin hosts the fabulous CioccolaTò chocolate fair this year from March […]
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