Category Archives: Fun

Italian Wine & Halloween Candy Pairing!

Halloween and candy isn’t just for kids.  Why not spice up your candy with some Italian vino?  Below are some pairings that are sure to satisfy (and hopefully not spook) your candy and wine cravings!   Skittles: Moscato d’Asti (e.g. … Continue reading

Posted in Food & Wine Buddies, Fun, Holidays | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What Wine Pairs with Slayer and Vivaldi? Pairing Music & Wine

The relationship between food and wine and the benefits of pairing them correctly is a well versed topic.  Food and wine are meant to compliment each other, work together, each making the other more enjoyable.  But have you ever thought … Continue reading

Posted in Food & Wine Buddies, Fun | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Friday the 17th – Origins of the Unlucky

You might have heard of the unlucky nature of the number 13, especially when it falls on a Friday in some parts of the world, but in Italy the number 13 is actually a good one!  Except in one very … Continue reading

Posted in Fun, Historical Stuff | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wine Quotes – Pliny the Elder

“In Vino Veritas (In wine, there is truth)” –Gaius Plinius Secundus, aka “Pliny the Elder”. Pliny the Elder was a Roman author and natural explorer and philosopher in the 1st century AD. He is maybe best known for writing Naturalis … Continue reading

Posted in Fun, Historical Stuff | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

A Grape By Any Other Name: Cannonau & Grenache

*A Grape By Any Other Name posts are about exploring different grape varieties known by other names or nicknames, both inside and outside of Italy. Cannonau is most closely associated with the island of Sardegna where it is widely planted.  … Continue reading

Posted in A Grape By Any Other Name, Fun, Grapes: Black, Italian Wine FAQ | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Wine & Mother’s Day in Umbria!

The Lungarotti MUVIT Museum of Wine in Torgiano, Umbria is celebrating Mother’s Day (this year on May 12th) by offering something special for visiting mothers and their kids!  Moms will receive complimentary “wine therapy” kits, free guided tours, a free … Continue reading

Posted in Fun, Holidays | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wine Quotes – Thomas Jefferson

“Good wine, is a daily necessity for me.” Did you know that Thomas Jefferson, founding father and third president of America, was an avid wine connoisseur? During his first term as president he spent $25,000 (or the equivalent of $75,000 … Continue reading

Posted in Fun, Historical Stuff | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment