• #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…

  • #ItalianFWT,  Lombardy,  Veneto

    Lake Garda, Lugana and Lagostini…

    Lugana Loves Lake Garda From Chiaretto and Amarone to Soave and Custoza, Lake Garda does not fall short in the area of winsome wine production. South of Lake Garda, in between the provinces of Brecia and Verona, and stretching out over both Lombardia and Venezia lies the inter-regional appellation known as Lugana. Lugana is a northern white wine that has been around for years, although it may have been under the radar of many.  However, more and more wine-lovers all over the world are taking notice. Lake Garda Map of Lugana Photo Credit: Consorzio Tutela Lugana DOC Wines of Lugana  The wines of the Lugana DOC were recognized back in…

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