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How is Wine Made? A Handy Infographic

How is Wine Made? A Handy Infographic

If you’re wondering how wine is made, consider this. Winemaking starts in the vineyard and continues in the cellar, running through a yearly lifecycle full of activity every month to ensure that the best grapes are produced and the best wines are made. Wineries never stand still! Let’s look at how wine is made month …Read More
February 27, 2015
Italy Travel
Experiencing Art in Tuscany with Children

Experiencing Art in Tuscany with Children

While most people think of Tuscany as a playground for adults due to its wine, art, gorgeous landscapes and sophisticated food, its artistic heritage also makes it a very kid friendly place. Italians understand that art plays an especially important part in the lives of children and there are plenty of opportunities to inspire and …Read More
February 27, 2015

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Wine Guide
How to store wine: tips to preserve your favourite bottles

How to store wine: tips to preserve your favourite bottles

Ever wondered if you’re preserving your wine in an optimal manner? Learn now how to store wine with our guide below. Temperature, humidity, angle, vibrations, darkness & smell are some key points to keep in mind to ensure that your wine has the best chances of long-term survival and optimal aging. Let’s take a closer …Read More
December 1, 2014
Wine Guide
How to: have the perfect day in Tuscany

How to: have the perfect day in Tuscany

Tuscany has long been a destination for those looking to escape daily life and throw themselves into Italian culture by 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. Read More
November 28, 2014
Food in Tuscany
All you need to know about Cooking Classes in Tuscany

All you need to know about Cooking Classes in Tuscany

If 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 …Read More
November 26, 2014
Wine Guide
Winespeak: 5 ways to embody wine

Winespeak: 5 ways to embody wine

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 …Read More
November 24, 2014
Wine Guide
Wine on a First Date: how to choose and order to impress

Wine on a First Date: how to choose and order to impress

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 …Read More
November 21, 2014
Italy Travel
A brief history of Maiolica in Tuscany

A brief history of Maiolica in Tuscany

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 …Read More
November 19, 2014
Wine Guide
Tuscan Wine from A to Z – Infographic

Tuscan Wine from A to Z – Infographic

We’ve developed an alphabet of Tuscan wine from A to Z 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 …Read More
November 17, 2014
Food in Tuscany
Bistecca alla fiorentina: secrets of the best fiorentina steak

Bistecca alla fiorentina: secrets of the best fiorentina steak

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 (steak) cooked over coals. Bistecca alla Fiorentina is a tasty Tuscan cut of beef. You likely …Read More
November 14, 2014
Food in Tuscany
Tuscan herb salt recipe: the Tuscany kitchen trinity

Tuscan herb salt recipe: the Tuscany kitchen trinity

Often in cooking in Italy, you find simple ingredients make the dish. Simple combinations of herbs, as well as garlic and onion, can make whole dishes – or at least a reasonable base for them. Three is a perfect number and often three ingredients make the base of a dish. For a ragu, or sugo …Read More
October 1, 2014