How to Dye Your Hair Red Using Wine

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Many of us dye our hair. After all, we all want to be able to change something about our physical appearances, and the amount of hair products on the market make it all too easy to change the colour of our hair. But, a lot of dyes contains man-made chemicals that some feel can cause damage to our hair. The most obvious of these is peroxide, which is why you will see so few hair products containing this once popular dye. Beyond the damage that chemicals can cause, a lot of people don’t like chemicals in their dyes because they prefer to live organically. This means they only use or consume completely natural products. Whatever the case may be, this desire to avoid chemicals doesn’t leave you with a whole lot of options when you’re looking for a new hair dye in a store. In fact, it’s entirely possible to enter a store, only to leave empty-handed because none of the dyes meets you needs. Yes, there are some niche manufacturers who create all-natural dyes. But, you will us Continue Reading

Explaining The Italian Wine and Food Institute

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It’s not just the Italian wine industry that promotes the country’s many culinary products. Other countries have a great respect for the delicacies that Italy brings to the world, which has led to the creation of several organizations dedicated to celebrating great Italian wine and food. These organizations promote great Italian products just as well as the Italians do, though they also bring them to wider audiences than chefs and winemakers may have otherwise reached. Today, we are going to look at one such organization. Based in the United States, The Italian Wine and Food Institute promotes Italian culinary excellence throughout the country, bringing a touch of Italian class to the United States in the process. The Story The Italian Wine and Food Institute came into being in 1983, when it was founded as a non-profit organization with the intention of promoting Italian cuisine and wine throughout the United States. From its headquarters in New York, the institute works t Continue Reading

Pandolfa Est 1941 Sangiovese Pandolfo Riserva

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The Italian wine industry is littered with stories of estates that seem to have fairly small histories until you start digging a little deeper to uncover the secrets lost within. What one person may see as a vineyard established a couple of decades ago may actually have been used to produce wines for centuries. Such storied vineyards carry centuries of tradition that transfer into the wines that the current occupants produce, and thus should be respected as the iconic locations that they are. Of course, not all historical vineyards lose their stories to the passage of time. Many new producers take over such historical vineyards precisely because their histories warrant such great respect. That is exactly the case with today’s spotlighted producer. Though not exactly a new name in the Italian wine industry, Pandolfa is still something of a baby when it compares to the age and lineage of the vineyards that it has ownership of. This is the basic story of those vineyards. The Hi Continue Reading

The Varying Degrees of Alcohol in Wine

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There has been a long history of consumer appreciation for high alcohol content in wines. For many, it’s all about perception. Some will argue that a wine with a higher alcohol content has more quality than a wine with a lower alcohol content. That’s not necessarily the case. Many different factors go into the quality of a wine, with the alcohol content being fairly low down on the list of things that make a wine good. Others will argue that a high alcohol shows that the wine is more complex and thus should be treated with more care. This is certainly true when it comes to consumption. Drinking a wine with a high alcohol volume will result in you becoming intoxicated quicker, which means you need to be more wary about just how much you consume. But, a high alcohol volume does not mean that more care has gone into the wine. In many cases, the volume just comes from the production methods the winemaker has used. But, we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Alcohol Levels in Curr Continue Reading

Common Myths About the World of Wine

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In an industry that is so steeped in legend and tradition, it should come as no surprise that a lot of myths have cropped up about wine. Some of these myths are harmless. They may be little stories about wine that aren’t verifiable but add to the overall allure of the industry and encourage people to explore more wines. Other myths have a more damaging effect. The most absurd Italian wine myths can even put people off from exploring wine completely, which damages the industry and prevents people from discovering some truly marvellous drinks. That’s why the team at Xtrawine has decided to take a look at some of the weird, wonderful, and downright silly myths that surround the world of Italian wine. Myth #1 – Varietal Wines Are The Best A lot of people will espouse the idea that the only good wines are those made using a single grape variety. A Chardonnay or a Merlot will always be better than a wine that uses a blend of different grapes. That couldn’t be further f Continue Reading

Brezza Barolo

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The King of wines. We have spoken about it so many times in the past, and with good reason. Barolo has been, for centuries, one of the most famous Italian wines in the world. It’s enjoyed by everybody from the royalty that have the wine its name to the connoisseurs that appreciate the many intricacies that go into the creation of a good vintage. The name carries a certain amount of weight in the Italian wine community and that weight brings with it a reputation. Barolo is a great wine precisely because its producers have dedicated themselves to everything that makes the wine so special. That’s why it takes a producer with a great deal of talent if a Barolo is to stand out from the pack. Most of the Barolos you will drink are good. But only a few are great. This week, we will be looking at a producer that is capable of making great Barolo. Brezza has, for many years, dedicated itself to the production and promotion of Barolo, both in Italy and the world at large. We’ll Continue Reading

Wine and Jazz – The Perfect Pairing

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They often say that music is the language of the soul. It’s a way for people to communicate what lives in them deep down inside. You could say the same for wine. Every bottle you drink it steeped in the hard work and passion that the great Italian winemakers bring to their work. There is no form of music that offers so much room for creative expression as jazz. A freeform musical style since its beginnings, jazz has always been the realm of the improvisers, the impresarios, and the innovators. It’s freeform music at its most flamboyant. Jazz does away with the styles and structures of many modern musical genres. Even so, there is an elegance to jazz. It is not something that any musician can play. A great deal of talent goes into jazz compositions and you can always see that, no matter how far the musicians stray away from the rules. For that, and many other reasons, jazz and wine have always gone together well. We’re going to look at a few reasons why. The Talent Tha Continue Reading

Reasons You Should Visit Trieste on Your Trip to Italy

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There are so many amazing places to visit when you go on a trip to Italy. Many tourists go for the big cities, and with good reason. Rome and Florence are filled with stunning art and architecture the likes of which you won’t see anywhere else in the world. Venice, on the other hand, stuns visitors with its vast canals. But, what about Trieste. We’re betting that a few of you reading this article have never even heard of Trieste. That’s okay. It rarely tops any lists when it comes to the most visited placed in Italy. But, we think it should. Trieste is a gorgeous wine region that has all of the joys of Italian life to offer. That’s why we’re going to shine a spotlight on it today by giving you a list of reasons why you should add Trieste to your Italian tour itinerary. The Wine As a wine retailer, we’d be remiss if we didn’t point out that Trieste offers a range of stunning wines that you can wet your palate with. The wine tourist will love getting lost in Continue Reading

Elena Fucci Aglianico del Vulture Titolo

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When you think of that most famous Italian wine companies you think of exactly that – companies. Most people associate the wines that they drink with the businesses that are behind them. It is rare indeed for a single individual to rise so highly in the industry that his or her name become synonymous with the wine they produce. However, that’s exactly what has happened with the individual that we are going to shine a spotlight on this week. Elena Fucci has spent the better part of 20 years building a stellar reputation in the Italian wine industry. Building on the lessons she learned from her family, she has taken the Fucci name to places it has never been before and accolades have followed from all over the global wine community. So, how did it all get started? Let’s try to answer that question by taking a look at the history of Elena Fucci before we dive into one of the best vintages of wine she has produced so far. The History Elena Fucci grew up around wine. Her f Continue Reading

The Benefits of Wine and the Mediterranean Diet

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We have spoken at length in the past about just how good wine is, when consumed in moderation, for your health. Research has shown that a glass or two of red wine per day can help you avoid a range of health issues. From your heart through to your risk of suffering a stroke, red wine has many health benefits that millions around the world enjoy. Many of those benefits extend to the Mediterranean diet in general. Rich in vegetables and healthy meats, many people around the Mediterranean enjoy long and healthy lives because of the foods and wines that they choose to eat. Here we are going to make a real case for the Mediterranean diet. Hopefully, we’ll convince more than a few of you to put some thought into changing your dietary habits. The combination of the right food and good wine can have all sorts of benefits that you may not have realised previously. Low in Processed Foods Mediterranean cuisine tends to focus on the use of fresh and seasonal ingredients. That’s why Continue Reading

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