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What Are the Best Tuscan Wine and Food Pairings?

Kathy Merchant | Tuesday, Nov 21st 2017
Tuscan wine
What Are the Best Tuscan Wine and Food Pairings? Tuscan cuisine is based on “cucina povera,” a rural – even rustic – style based on seasonal and natural ingredients including olive oil, unsalted bread, wild mushrooms, vegetables, and either salt-cured or simply grilled meats. So what wines do you pair with this rustic cuisine? You ...

Expert Advice on How to Pair Piedmont Wine & Food

Kathy Merchant | Tuesday, Nov 14th 2017
Piedmont wine
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. Both are made from the Nebbiolo grape. Though these are the most notable there are other […]

Barbaresco vs Barolo: How To Tell the Difference

Kathy Merchant | Thursday, Nov 2nd 2017
Barbaresco vs Barolo
Barbaresco vs Barolo: How to Tell the Difference Let’s examine the question: “Barbaresco vs Barolo, 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. Let’s look first at their similarities. They are both: made 100% from ...

Are You Confused By Italian Wine Labels? Helpful Professional Tips

Kathy Merchant | Wednesday, Oct 25th 2017
Italian wine
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 […]

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 ...
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