Category Archives: Historical Stuff

The Italian Connection: Beaujolais Crus & Ancient Rome

The end of November is here and with it our tables are being adorned with French Beaujolais.  This ritualistic gulping down of Beaujolais is for good reason – not only is the freshly harvested and vinified Nouveau released on the … Continue reading

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Leonardo da Vinci’s Truly Old Vines

Leonardo da Vinci’s fresco The Last Supper, located on the refectory wall of the Milanese church Santa Maria delle Grazie, is among one of the most easily recognized works of Italian art.  But did you know that payment for it … Continue reading

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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

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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

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Italian Wine Regions: Piedmont

PIEDMONT Grapes and wine-making were first introduced to this Northern Italian region by the Greeks, much like the rest of Italy, being cultivated and pressed afterwards by the Romans (whose love for wine was responsible for many advances in wine … Continue reading

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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

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What’s a “Super Tuscan”?

If I say Tuscany, you will probably think Chianti.  But there’s of course much more than Chianti to be found from Tuscan wines.  The one I’ll focus on here is the so-called Super Tuscan: a nickname for Tuscan wine stars … Continue reading

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