Italian Wine: what’s in a name?

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What’s in a name? That which we call a rosé, by any other name would taste as sweet. Italian wines may be very easy to drink. They might not however be so easy to understand. Italy has a complex naming system and more grape varieties (over 2000!) and more wine regions (over 400 officially registered […]

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Tuscany Towns: San Gimignano

  San Gimignano is one of the most famous and charming hilltop towns in Tuscany, Italy. And for good reason. Known for its towers (and its award-winning gelato), San Gimignano is the perfect representation of a well-preserved medieval hilltop town. It has something to offer for pretty much everyone. For history-lovers, it has a fascinating […]

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A little-known Tuscan treasure: San Casciano

Think Tuscany – or dream Tuscany as the case may rightly be! – and perhaps your mind travels to Italy and winds up in Siena and the charming village town of San Gimignano village towns in Tuscany. Maybe you mentally visit the wonderful Cortona (of ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’ fame) or some other charming Tuscan […]

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Panzano&Panzanella – the best of Tuscany

Right now, the countryside is full of spring fever, the air heady with the perfume of the jasmine blooming with great vigour on the fences and stone walls that enclose gardens bursting with brightly coloured flowers, vegetable patches birthing delicious spring fruit and vegetables. The pomegranate trees hold bright orange flowers, and the grass underneath […]

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