The Alps is perhaps the single most famous mountain range in all of Europe. Stretching throughout France, Switzerland, and Italy, its enormous peaks offer some of the most stunning sights that the continent has to offer. The huge mountains also offer plenty of opportunities for skiers to strap on their gear and take on some truly challenging slopes.
Naturally, after a hard day of skiing in the Alps there is no better feeling than heading back to the lodge to enjoy a glass of wine or two (or three).
There are sure to be plenty of wines on offer wherever you might go. Some of these will probably be amongst the best that the Italian wine industry has to offer.
But we know that many of you will want the most authentic experience possible when you visit the Alps. You want wines from the region itself, or at least a few drinks that the region is renowned for.
You’re in luck. While the idea of the Alps being a prime winegrowing region may seem fanciful, historians have found man Continue Reading→
Anybody with even a cursory understanding of the wine industry knows that Italy is a world leader when it comes to wine production.
But you may not understand just how popular Italian wine has become all over the world.
Here’s a few interesting bits of information for you.
In 2015, Italy overtook France as the largest producer of wines in the entire world. Of course, these production levels could only come as a result of increasing demand for the wines that come out of Italy.
And that’s exactly the case. In fact, a fifth of all bottles of wine sold all over the world come from Italy. Considering the amount of countries that have thriving wine industries, being responsible for 20% of the entire world’s wine consumption is a feat that the entire Italian industry can be proud of.
Here’s one more stat for you. As of 2016, more Italian wine is consumed outside of Italy than is consumed in its country of origin.
That’s a remarkable feat as well. The Italians are v Continue Reading→
There’s no denying that the Italians take everything to do with their wines and foods very seriously.
And so they should. Italy has carefully cultivated a reputation as one of the main hubs for foodies and wine lovers alike. Italian wines are extremely popular because of the level of quality that they possess. And many Italian foods have such a local flavour that it’s impossible to produce them anywhere else.
There are even organisations that are dedicated to ensuring that Italian wines are as legitimate as possible. The most famous of these, of course, are the DOC. They certify wines with DOC or DOCG status as long as they meet the very stringent conditions that the organisation puts forth.
But there’s a problem with any sort of product that achieves a high level of popularity.
There will always be people who want to profit off the hard work of others. And they’ll do it by creating forgeries that claim to be the real thing.
We see it in every industry in the wor Continue Reading→
If you’ve been following the celebrity gossip over the last few months, you likely already know that famous actor Johnny Depp has landed himself in a bit of hot water regarding his finances.
The Pirates of the Caribbean and Edward Scissorhands star has been embroiled in a dispute with his financial managers in recent months relating to how they’ve handled his money.
It all comes down to a company called TMG. Over the course of the 17 years that they’d represented Depp, he’d made over $600 million.
But now, they’ve told him that he’s in dire financial straits and that he has to sell a bunch of his assets.
Naturally, this is pretty astounding news to anybody who’s enjoyed the financial success that Depp, has. A lawsuit quickly followed, which alleges that TMG have mishandled Depp’s funds over the course of his career.
But here’s the twist in the tale.
TMG have fired back with a cross-complaint that points out that the company has regularly advised Depp Continue Reading→
We all know that ageing a bottle of wine is often an important step to take if you want to get the most out of it.
Most Italian red wines can benefit from a few months, or even a few years, left down in the cellars. Many producers even age their wines for a couple of years in-house, long before they ever release them for commercial consumption.
There are all sorts of reasons for this. But the main one boils down to what is essentially the chemical composition of the wine. Ageing gives all of the chemical components in the wine the time they need to create the perfect blend for that particular wine.
And there’s one immortal truth about ageing your wine.
You have to wait. Sometimes, you have to wait for several years.
This can feel like torture when you have a bottle that you really want to try. You know that you need to give it some more time to help it to reach its maximum potential. But you want to drink it now!
Eventually, you give into the temptation and crack op Continue Reading→
Any newcomers to the world of may find themselves a little wary of all of the “rules” that they come across. There’s so much advice about what you should and shouldn’t do with your wines that it can all get a little bit intimidating. It can almost feel like opening the bottle of wine in the first place is a step too far. You should just keep it pristine and set aside forever and ever.
Of course, that’s taking things a step too far. There’s no real “right” way to drink a bottle of wine. As long as you enjoy the experience, then it’s all gone okay as far as we’re concerned.
Having said that, there are still a few things that you can do to make your wine drinking experience as good as possible. Proper storage and pouring can have a remarkable effect on a bottle of wine, as any sommelier will tell you.
But did you know that the way that you open the bottle can have a massive effect on the wine as well?
Many people don’t, which is why we’ve created this a Continue Reading→
Our pets are part of the family.
People who don’t have pets may not understand this point of view. But for anybody who has a furry friend at home, there’s no other way to look at your pet. They love you as much as you love them and it’s truly a loss whenever any of them departs.
Simply put, our pets have a huge impact on our lives and we grow attached to the animals that we welcome into our homes.
Of course, this means that we want our pets to experience as enjoyable a life as possible. We make sure they’re fed and have plenty of toys to play with. We keep them active and give them as much fuss as possible. We’re sure a few of you even let your pets up on the furniture when you’re not supposed to, or can’t resist feeding them a scrap or two from the dinner table.
But the responsible pet owner is sure to draw the line at Italian wine.
As much as you love your pet, feeding them wine can only go badly.
At least, that’s how it used to be.
We’ve got ne Continue Reading→
The humble cork is perhaps one of the most endearing feature of the wine bottle. While many bottles come with screwcaps in the modern age, Italian wines that hope to emit a classier image tend to stick with corks.
There are certain benefits to cork as well. It’s a completely natural material, which means that it’s the closure of choice for organic wines. Plus, it has a flexibility to it that screwcaps don’t have.
On top of that, cork is completely biodegradable and recyclable. As a result, cork closures don’t cause anywhere near as much environmental damage as screwcaps and synthetic closures. Couple that with how growing cork promotes diversity in natural areas and you have plenty of reasons for why cork is a great closure choice.
But none of these may matter much to you if you end up in the nightmare situation of wanting to uncork an amazing bottle of Italian wine, but you don’t have a corkscrew.
Unfortunately, this lack of convenience is one of the major downfa Continue Reading→
One of the wonderful things about living in such an open and inclusive world is that it paves the way for all sorts of different foods to make their way into the culinary lexicons of many people.
Of course, the Italians have always taken a great deal of pride in their food, and it’s not difficult to find Italian dishes in practically any part of the world. Be it pizza, pasta, or the many other great Italian foods on the market, the odds are good that you’ve eaten something Italian very recently.
But Italy is only one country. There are so many other foods in so many other countries for you to sample.
The Asian continent is a great example here. From the spicy foods of India through to the noodle-based foods of China, there are so many great foods to try in Asia for the foodie.
But those aren’t the countries that we’re going to travel to for today’s food. Instead, we’re going all of the way to the Far East and the great island nation of Japan for our foodie inspi Continue Reading→
If you’ve been following our blog over the last couple of weeks, you’ll have noticed that we’ve been shining the spotlight on a number of classic Italian foods. The likes of Parma Ham have come onto our radar – and why not? The Italians create an indelible link between the foods that they create and the wines that they drink. The culinary arts are such a major thing in the country that you can’t really talk about great Italian wine without talking about the wonderful Italian foods that go with it.
That’s why we’ve placed such a focus on different Italian foods and why we’re going to do it again with this article.
But which of the many wonderful foods should we choose? There are so many great pastas and cheeses that it’s almost too easy to choose one of those.
Instead, we’re going to stick with the meaty theme that we started last week.
So, this week we’re going to take a look at the wonderful Italian sausage meat Mortadella. And of course, we’ll offe Continue Reading→