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    Wining Hour Feature: Arnaldo Caprai Montefalco Sagrantino

    This month, I am featuring an Italian red wine from Arnaldo Caprai in Umbria. Although Umbria is the fifth smallest region in Italy, and one of the least populated, it should not be underestimated. In fact, Umbria, which is located in south central Italy bordering Tuscany, Marche and Lazio, is known as il cuore verde d’Italia, or the “Green Heart of Italy.” It is referred to as Italy’s green heart due to its landlocked position, without a coastline or common border.  Nevertheless, Umbria, as the heart, moves us in so many ways. One of these ways is with its indigenous grapes, like Sagrantino. Sagrantino, with history dating back to the…

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    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,…

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    The Road to Orange Wine in Umbria

    Red, White, Rosé and…Orange Wine Knock knock.  It’s orange.  Orange who? Orange you surprised? Yes. Many have been surprised, not only by my bad joke…but by the fact that Orange Wine is a thing. However, Orange Wines are not a new thing. They have been around for centuries, as in 5000 years or so and originated in Georgia (Eurasia). Orange wines have only recently garnered more attention and circulation in North America. Contrary to what the name may imply, orange wine is not produced by using oranges. Instead, the orange hue results when grapes have remained in contact with skin for a longer period of time–longer than the time required…

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    Another Taste of Umbria: Truffle Roasted Chicken & Hédoné Bianco #travel #Wine

    Continuing on The Road to Umbrian Food & Wine On my recent exploration of the Umbrian region of Italy with the #ItalianFWT group, I made Black Truffle Linguine.  I enjoyed it immensely to the point that I didn’t want my truffle love affair to come to an end. So…it didn’t.  I still had some truffles on hand, so I decided to make Truffle Roasted Chicken and open a bottle of Hédoné. As discussed previously, Umbrian cuisine is characterized by pork, olive oil and truffles.  There are the black truffles, or tartufo neri, which are found around the Norcia and Spoleto areas of Umbria. They have a very distinctive flavor and are…

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    Taste Umbria: Black Truffle Linguine & Montefalco Sagrantino #travel #Wine

    The Road to Umbrian Food & Wine Each region in Italy is unique and has a certain charm.  Umbria provides yet another example of this. Perugia is the regional capital, and the Medieval town of Assisi and the Basilica of St. Francis, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are also located in this region. Umbria is appropriately referred to as the “Green Heart of Italy” due to its central, inland location that is without a coastline or common border.  However, this lush, green, landscaped region resides in a prime location, as it has Tuscany, Marche and Lazio on its list of neighbors.  Umbria is truly right in the heart of…

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