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What Are the Best Tuscan Wine Pairings?

What Are the Best Tuscan Wine Pairings with Food? Tuscan cuisine is based on “cucina povera,” a rural style based on seasonal and natural ingredients. Olive oil, unsalted bread, wild mushrooms, vegetables, and salt-cured or grilled meats form the base of this cuisine. So what wines from Italy do you pair with this rustic cuisine? ...

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Burgundy Grand Crus: The Answer is 33 – What is the Question?

Burgundy Grand Crus: The Answer is 33 – What is the Question? How many Grand Cru vineyards are there in Burgundy? The Burgundy Grand Crus answer is not as straightforward as you might think. This is France, after all, where complexity rules the day! Remington Norman MW (author of Grand Cru: The Great Wines of […]

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Where Can You Find the Best Nebbiolo Wines of Italy?

Where Can You Find the Best Nebbiolo Wines of Italy? Nebbiolo wines of Barolo are among the finest in the world. Critics love their full-bodied texture and deep flavors. The Nebbiolo based red wines of Barbaresco are underappreciated gems. Generally softer and more approachable than Barolo, due to warmer climate and shorter barrel ...

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Expert Advice on How to Pair Piedmont Wine & Food

Expert Advice on How to Pair Piedmont Wine & Food Piedmont is one of Italy’s most iconic wine regions. It is notable for producing the powerful, age-worthy red wines, Barolo and Barbaresco—known as the “king and queen” of Piedmont wine. Both are made from the Nebbiolo grape. Though these are the most notable there are […]

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Barolo vs Barbaresco: How To Tell the Unique Differences

Barolo vs Barbaresco: How to Tell the Difference Let’s examine the question: “Barolo vs Barbaresco, how do you tell them apart?” They are nearly identical twins from the Piedmont region, so it can be a challenge. The differences are subtle. Here are the top 5 differences between Barolo vs Barbaresco: Soil: Tortonian ...

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Are You Confused By Italian Wine Labels? Helpful Tips

How to Read Italian Wine Labels Trying to find a wine you like can be confusing, no matter where in the world you live or shop. Most retail shops organize wine by country, but some use grape variety or style as the theme. Mastering the scope of Italian wine is a formidable task. There are […]

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What Makes a Super Tuscan? Uniqueness and Style

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 ...

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Montepulciano Italy: Where Some of the Best Wine is Made

Montepulciano Italy: Where Some of the Best Wine is Made Understanding the character of the Montepulciano Italy appellation in Tuscany is by comparison a simple exercise! This article will help summarize the highlights of the region. Italy offers some of the best wines in the world, and is also perhaps the world’s most complex wine ...

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

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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New Exclusive Italy Wine Tour Features The Best Italian Wines

New Italy Wine Tour featuring Tuscany and Piedmont Welcome to a spectacular new Italy wine tour curated by French Wine Explorers: Treasures of Tuscany and Piedmont. Award-winning French Wine Explorers is best known for prestigious tours to the major French wine regions. For several years, they have offered private and custom Italy ...

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