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What Makes a Super Tuscan? Uniqueness and Style

Kathy Merchant | Tuesday, Sep 19th 2017
Super Tuscan
What makes a Super Tuscan “Super”? Using “super” as an adjective, as in super smart, is super common in everyday writing and conversation. There’s data to support this notion. The Corpus of Contemporary American English database analyzed the use of “super” in spoken and written word. Use started increasing in the 1930s. It took off ...

When is the Best Time to Open Your Special Wine?

William S. Shepard, Wine Editor | Tuesday, Aug 29th 2017
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When is the Best Time to Open Your Special Wine? Many wine lovers have a good supply of wines that they enjoy drinking on a regular basis. One thinks of Chablis, for example, or Chateauneuf du Pape. Some fine Sauvignon Blanc wines from the Loire Valley, and some half bottles of Sauternes, give pleasure in […]

Montepulciano, Italy: Where Some of the Best Wine is Made

Kathy Merchant | Wednesday, Aug 2nd 2017
Montepulciano
Montepulciano, Italy: Where Some of the Best Wine is Made Italy offers some of the best wines in the world, and is also perhaps the world’s most complex wine producing country. In Italy there are: 20 major regions, over 400 designated quality appellations (denominazione), and nearly 1,000 important wine grapes. Tuscany has more ...

Why is August a Good Time to Visit Paris?

Emily Monaco | Tuesday, Jul 25th 2017
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Why is August a Good Time to Visit Paris? August is a peculiar month to visit Paris. While there’s no shortage of visitors to the city, most of the locals disappear for les grandes vacances, a month-long vacation. The city can therefore feel a bit like a shadow of itself. You’ll find that visiting in […]

Do You Know Montalcino? Italy's Fantastic & Famous Wine Region

Kathy Merchant | Tuesday, Jul 18th 2017
Montalcino
Do You Know Montalcino? Italy’s Fantastic & Famous Wine Region Montalcino is one of six breathtaking medieval hill towns dotting the Tuscan horizon. The towers of their 13th-century fortezzas (fortresses) beckon visitors to explore some of Italy’s finest food, wine, and Renaissance architecture. Etruscan ruins from more ...
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