Tag Archives: Italy

A Grape By Any Other Name: Traminer Aromatico & Gewurztraminer

*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. Traminer Aromatico gets its name from the grape Traminer (named after the village of Tramin … 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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Wine & Food Buddies: White Truffles + the Wines of Piedmont

Pictured above, the Italian culinary equivalent of an edible diamond:  the white truffle (this handful here is worth 300 Euros!). Truffle season and its many festivals and feasts are upon us (it’s November).  Truffles are found throughout central and northern … Continue reading

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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

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Food & Wine Buddies: Rosso Conero + Dark Chocolate with Cherry and Almond

So, how to go about pairing chocolate and wine is a well-beaten topic, with only minimal agreement on what works and what doesn’t.  Some insist there is a way, others declare pairing chocolate with any wine is a total lie.  … Continue reading

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Italian Wine Regions: Lazio

Lazio, once known as Latium, this area of the Italian peninsula has been inhabited by people for a long time….we’re talking since the 19th century BC at least!  Of course back then, this wasn’t “Italy” yet and the folks living … Continue reading

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