• #ItalianFWT,  #wine #winetasting,  Piedmont

    Cascina Bongiovanni Pernanno Barolo con Bistecca Tagliata #ItalianFWT

    The #ItalianFWT has had a great year delving into the many indigenous grapes of Italy. We are winding down the year with attention being given to Italy’s Big B’s. We began with an exploration of Brunello, led by Wendy Klic. Robin Renkin continued the discussion last month with Barberesco.  For the last and final installment, I am taking us on a wine journey through Barolo. Here’s an overview to wet your palate. History of Barolo Barolo is considered one of Italy’s most noble wines. In fact, Barolo is referred to by many as the “Wine of Kings” or the “King of Wines.” The history of Barolo dates back to the…

  • #ItalianFWT,  #wine #winetasting,  campania

    Keeping it Fresh and Fun with Fiano

    While Italy is known for its spectacular red wines, the country also produces some awesome white wines. This month’s Italian Food, Wine and Travel Group (#ItalianFWT) theme focuses on favorite Italian wines. It should go without saying that it is rather difficult to narrow down favorite Italian red and/or white varietals. Nevertheless, for the sake of this article, I’ll zoom in on a favorite Italian white grape varietal, known as Fiano. Recognized as one of Italy’s finest white varieties, Fiano is believed to be indigenous to the southern Italian region of Campania. In fact, Fiano is Campania’s most noble white grape and is believe to be the grape referred to…

  • #ItalianFWT,  #wine #winetasting,  Umbria

    Authenticity And Quality Is All About Sustainability

     Combating Climate Change Sustainability at Torre Bisenzio By Katarina Andersson and Li Valentine Climate change has been a defining issue for several years now, and is weighing heavily upon the minds of many. Climate change and/or global warming, leading to changes in the average temperatures and amount of rainfall has been significantly impacting almost every industry. From fishing, farming/agriculture and forestry to energy, insurance and tourism, companies big and small are tasked with finding ways to survive. The wine industry is certainly not immune and has its share of challenges. Problems range from water shortages or too much rain/water, extremes in hot and cold temperatures and shortened or extended seasons,…

  • #ItalianFWT,  #Toscana,  #Tuscany,  #wine #winetasting

    Have You Tried These Super Tuscans?

    Super Tuscans to Tempt Your Palate Italy is the worlds largest producer of wine, wowing wine-lover, wine-taster and wine expert alike with its over 500 grape varieties. There are also many different styles of wine being produced. This month, the #ItalianFWT group discussed the style known as the Super Tuscan. About the Super Tuscan It’s no secret, Tuscan wine, or wine from the Tuscan region of Italy, is quite super. However, the term, Super Tuscan, came into circulation in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, during the Italian wine renaissance. Super Tuscan refers to a particular style of wine. These wines were innovative, as they used non-traditional blending formulas and…

  • #ItalianFWT,  Veneto

    Step Up Your Game with Altaneve Prosecco Superiore

    Altaneve, Bubbles that Rise Above the Rest Sparkling wine is fun, fashionable and just delicious. One such sparkling wine is Prosecco, the popular Italian sparkling wine, which is everywhere these days. In fact, this year marks the 50th anniversary of the Prosecco region as a whole, and the 10th Anniversary of Prosecco Superiore! Sounds like a party to me. We’ll be celebrating with our friends in the #ItalianFWT group. Did you know that last year, Prosecco surpassed Champagne, not in terms of volume, but in terms of production and consumption? Although price is likely a factor, according to The Associated Press, Prosecco’s production “eclipsed Champagne’s five years ago and is…

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