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There is a reason why wine has been stored in wine caves and underground cellars for hundreds of years - the ideal storage conditions must be focused on: temperature, humidity, angle, vibrations, darkness, odor.  While, storing wine is not rocket science, there are a few key points to keep in mind that will help ensure your wine has the very best chance for long-term survival and optimal aging.

We offer also some tips regarding the wine service. Enjoy it!

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Tuscany has long been a destination for those looking to escape daily life and throw themselves into Italian culture, staying in a beautiful Tuscan villa, enjoying great food and fabulous Italian wines.

But, is it possible to live like a Tuscan in one day! This is how we picture a perfect day in Tuscany. 

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cooking class smallIf you ask any Italian where is the best place to eat in a town, they will always say at my mom’s. There is really nothing like a home cooked meal in Italy. If you are not lucky enough to have your own Italian mamma, the next best thing is to take a cooking class while you are in Tuscany.

It also solves the problem of what to bring people as a gift, there is really nothing better than inviting people to share a meal at your table and spend time together reliving your trip with tastes from your holiday.

Classes can be arranged at farmhouses or wineries that own a restaurant. Most will teach you how to make fresh pasta, learning the tricks from experts that have been rolling their own pasta for years.Some teach you to roll it out with a rolling pin, like grandma made it, others use the classic rolling machine most people have. 

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The language of wine is like the language of love. It brims with superlatives and emotions. In winespeak, many of the words used are anthropomorphic, meaning that parts of the human body are used to describe wine.

Let’s start with the idea that a Chianti Classico Riserva can be likened to a tall, dark, handsome stranger. Especially if the bottle is dark in colour and the label lends an air of mystique and allure. After all, seduction, at a visual and verbal level, plays a major part in the wine world.

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Imagine you’re on a first date and you’re going out to dinner at a nice restaurant. You’re nervous and your mind is preoccupied with what to say next to keep the conversation going – definitely not on what wine you should order and what to do when it’s brought to your table. Here are a few simple tips on how to make the wine selection process easy and possibly even give you the confidence to impress your date.

  1. First of all, take your time when selecting a wine. There’s no rush. If the waiter comes back to take your order two minutes after being seated and handed the wine list, tell them that you’ll need a little more time to decide.
  2. Ask your date if they would like to share a bottle of wine with you. If they are a bit hesitant, consider ordering a half bottle. Try and stay away from each ordering wine by the glass. This is the least economical option. The price of a glass usually covers the restaurant’s cost for the entire bottle. There’s also little guarantee that the bottles haven’t been open for too long or stored in imperfect conditions.
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Maiolica is the term used to define the unique and beautiful tin-glazed pottery of Italy from the Middle Ages until today. This type of pottery was not just used for traditional ceramic objects, such as bowls, dishware and jugs, but it was also used in sculpture and tiling. Maiolica is different from other pottery because of its glaze, a whitish opaque, which is made from tin-oxide, as well as other colours that were combined with it. Tin was very expensive during the Renaissance and therefore, these exclusive products were reserved for the wealthy.

To produce maiolica in a workshop, there would be approximately eight workers and each one would be given a specialized job. Someone would prepare the kiln, another the raw clay, while someone else decorated and yet another person mixed the glaze. This division of labor ensured a high level of quality control, especially as the master potter oversaw and likely owned the entire shop.

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A – AREA. Of Tuscany’s 60,286 hectares of vineyards, 69.2% is dedicated to D.O.C.G wine production. For ex. only 7,000 hectares of vineyards are registered within the Chianti Classico zone. (Note: A hectare is a metric measure equal to 10,000 square meters or 2.47 acres.)

 

B – BLACK ROOSTER. The black rooster is the trademark of Chianti Classico, chosen by the consortium’s founders in 1924. A label containing the black rooster, or gallo nero, is applied to all Chianti Classico wine bottles.

 

C – CORK. The vast majority of Tuscan wine producers prefer to use traditional corks to over either plastic corks or screw caps. Traditional cork comes from the thick outer bark of the cork oak tree. A bottle of corked wine should be stored on its side to keep the cork from drying out.

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Italians have such great food at home, they rarely go out to eat, but when they do, usually it is for food that is better cooked out. Two examples are pizza in a wood burning oven and the bistecca fiorentina cooked over coals. It is a monumental 2.2 pound t-bone steak. At least a kilo.

Why is the bistecca so important in Tuscany? There are several reasons, the quality of the meat and how it is cut. It is a huge cut of meat, originally it was from the large Tuscan cow, the Chianina, like the Charlais. It is not meant to be eaten by one person alone, but rather a celebration to be shared. The meat is grilled and then cut into serving sizes, a normal steak may have 10 pieces, so three or  four people could share one. If only two people are dining, normally they do not order anything else to eat and go hungry.

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palazzovecchio-childrens-museunmBefore you get going, it may be helpful to consider the following five tips for traveling with children in Italy:

  1. Some hotels offer discounts for children, such as second rooms at half off or free breakfast for children under 6. Be sure to inquire before you book.
  2. Plan ahead if visiting locations requiring a lot of walking or driving by being prepared with extra sunscreen and snacks. It may also be wise to do some pre-vacation preparation to get kids interested in visiting Italy. Reading stories (such as those about medieval nights or Pinocchio) that have their roots in things the children will soon experience is a great way to keep their interest piqued.
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Each vineyard has its own yearly lifecycle and is bustling with activity every month to ensure that the best grapes are produced and the best wines are made. 

Find out by reading this infographic what are the activities that occur every month in a Tuscan winery.

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We decided to make our own version of summer which doesn’t involve getting burnt under the Tuscan sun! When humidity is high and all you want is a refreshing drink, why not indulge in an easy-to-make 5’o clock wine-based cocktail? Wine can be used in so many different ways, from adding some to a special dish, or used as mixers and of course as a drink just by itself. We wanted to come up with a list of drinks that all include wine and exude summer in every sip (including a cocktail named after us, Dievole Summer Cocktail). There are so many ways to use wine as part of a cocktail so we suggest getting creative. We were even able to find a recipe using ‘grappa’ (a stronger liquor made out of pomace, what’s left over after the wine-making process.

 

With this post, we explain how wine can be much more interesting than just poured straight from the bottle with these fun summer cocktails.

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Did you know that wine's flavors are influenced by the typology of the terroir, among other factors?

On this wine infographic, we have analysed the 7 DOCG (Origin Denomination Controlled and Guaranteed) in Tuscany, all made of Sangiovese, the most important grape in this territory. Tha factors taken into consideration were:

- the type of terroir, where that particular DOCG grows and the flavors that develop as a consequence

- the minimum aging period required by the Consortium of each DOCG

- the average age worthy of each DOCG 

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sangimi vernacciaIf you’ve ever dreamed of time travel, consider adding a day trip to San Gimignano to your itinerary when visiting Italy. This medieval hillside village, an hour from Florence by car, boasts an impressive skyline dotted with tall towers. Even though there are no direct train routes, San Gimignano can be reached easily by car or by bus. To arrive by bus from Siena or Florence, you will need to take a bus or train to Poggibonsi and from there, a local bus to San Gimignano.

When approaching the town, you will most likely notice first, the 15 impressive towers that still remain out of the original 72. At one time, these served to protect the tower-home’s inhabitants from warring factions. Now, they serve as beautiful relics of the past and seeing them gives us a rare glimpse into how a bustling city or town would have looked in the 13th and 14th centuries. 

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One of my favorite past times in the countryside around Chianti is foraging. Driving around, I often see cars parked on the side of the road with no one in sight. I then start looking around, trying to spot the foragers. Usually they are bent over in open fields with baskets or plastic bags and gathering wild greens for salads or to feed their rabbits. Fields can provide wild chicory, dandelion greens and other flavorful weeds and edible flowers. When you see cars parked near the woods, on a hot day after it rains, you know they are hunting for porcini mushrooms or the harder to find ovoli or chantrelles. I leave mushroom hunting to those that are experts as there are poisonous look alike mushrooms and not worth taking the risk. To hunt for mushrooms, you also must have a permit.

Quite conveniently, a wild mint, nepitella, grows at the same time and is used with garlic to cook the porcini. Garlic and mint are a common combination with vegetables in Italy, don’t wait for porcini, but try grilled zucchini or even normal mushrooms, cooked in olive oil and then marinated with sliced garlic and mint.

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If you love art, you may get to Florence, Italy, and decide to stay a lifetime. But sometimes, a day trip is all you can manage. That’s okay, we’re sure you’ll be back later.

If you love art and have one day in Florence, what should you see? Should you try to see the biggest highlights in the most important museums, or should you hit up lots of churches? It really depends on your interests as well as on your resistance to standing on your feet all day! Unless you’re a really die-hard museum-goer, the best idea is to find a balanced way to enjoy as much of what the city has to offer and come away with a positive impression that will make you want to return soon, for a longer stay.

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Sangiovese grapes are among the most ancient Italian grapes of which exist historical witnesses. Despite the first mention on a written document is dated back to 1772, it is believed the famous grape was already known 2000 years ago and it was used by Etruscan for the production of wine. Ampelographers believe the place of origin of Sangiovese is Tuscany, where it still represents the most important red grape. However, today has become the most planted red grape variety in Italy.
Sangiovese flavors and aromas are strong in fruit with floral notes. Other characteristics of wines made from Sangiovese grapes include firm tannins and high acidity.
Of course, the exact flavors and aromas of any particular Sangiovese wine depends heavily on where the grapes are grown and how the winemaker creates the wine.

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Tuscany is well known and regarded for its red wine. But you might be surprised to know that Tuscany also produces a sweet dessert wine called Vin Santo. When visiting the region, you will often see Vin Santo wine on restaurant dessert menus served along with cantuccini. Cantuccini are long and rectangular-shaped, hard biscotti cookies that are meant to be dipped into the Vin Santo before eating - just as you might a circular, chocolate cookie into milk. Like the wine, these cookies are native to Tuscany. Vin Santo may also be served alone in small glasses for sipping as typical with sweet dessert wines.

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Not only does drinking wine actually improve your health, it also happens to carry other benefits that tend to also last a lifetime. As any wine drinker will tell you, it's not about what wine you will drink, it's more about what experience you are looking to have. A drink that accompanies perfectly a great meal, not meant to be merely drunk, instead sipped – after all life is all about these pleasurable moments where 'taste' is the memory that lasts the longest. We also happen to think that people who drink wine are pretty fabulous, of course what type of wine you drink, red, white or rose determines a lot. While we may not have any true experts to back us up, we have compiled this list of 5 Habits of Wine drinkers that we can stand by. Let's have a little fun and get to know more about the people that enjoy our wine.

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To say that wine is a complicated and often misunderstood beverage would be an understatement. Living in Tuscany I've been exposed to both a good share of wine and a good number of people who know a thing or two about it. To my good fortune, I've been able to learn from this exposure and have come to realize that some of the things I thought I knew about wine weren't true. Here are a few of the innocent myths and misconceptions about Tuscan wine that I've come across.

Wineries put additives in the wine that they ship overseas.

The wine you drink while on vacation in Tuscany is the same wine as you'll drink back at home. Wine makers do not add anything to their wine for distribution to specific countries. And they do not specifically add sulfites to wine they export. While the label might change from country to country, it's the same wine in the bottle no matter where you drink it.

 

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