ITALY’S SWEET WINE: VIN SANTO

At the end of a delicious Italian meal, when there is not much room for dessert, or better yet (since – let’s be honest – there’s ALWAYS room for dessert) as an after-dessert treat, there’s nothing nicer than sitting around the table enjoying a glass of the Italian dessert wine, Vin Santo. There are, as […]

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Wild About Asparagus in Tuscany (including recipe!)

Food in Tuscany is dictated by the seasons, constantly changing according to what the landscape presents. In Tuscany right now, for those in the know, it is possible to find wild asparagus growing in the stunning surrounds. There is nothing like putting on your all-weather boots, and heading out for some walking (and foraging) through […]

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Tuscan Christmas Feasts!

Gathered around a round table, places were elaborately set for the entire extended family. Our napkins were rolled up to look like crackers on the elaborate spread, with the tablecloth a traditional one made by the host’s grandmother and used at every Christmas lunch for generations. One wall of the dining room was taken up […]

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Tuscan Winter: how the seasons change

Tuscany in December. If you could taste the way the Tuscan countryside looks right now, it would surely taste like cinnamon. The leaves and the birds have left the trees, abandoned nests left in full display. The countryside has evolved from its bright spring-time hues of royal purple and burning yellow of the wild flowers […]

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VINEGAR: simple recipes, simple pleasures

As with all great things in life (namely, wine and women) vinegar just keeps getting better with age. We’ve been cooking lots of traditional Italian recipes using vinegar of late, after being recently given a mother of red wine vinegar, to be used to create our very own red wine vinegar at home.

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VIN SANTO: Wine for Saints and Sweet Sippers

It was some hours since we had gathered around the lunch table, and the light outside was starting to dim with the early onset of winter darkness. As the daylight outside the window was fading and the sky greying slightly by a gathering of non-threatening clouds, it made the last of the amber leaves still […]

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