Why is Climate Change Potentially so Damaging to the Italian Wine Industry?

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Climate change. It’s a hot-button topic, and has been for decades. Even today, may politicians deny the evidence of climate change, turning what should be a scientific issue into a political one. Denying climate change seems to appeal to many, perhaps because it gives them a reason to not worry about how what they do may have negative effects in the future. But climate change is very real, and you only need look at the Italian wine industry to see it. The prospect of changing climates will have a devastating effect on wine industries throughout the world. Producers rely on climate regularity to bring their grapes to full maturity. Changes in the climate affect the grapes directly, as well as changing harvesting periods and potentially lowering the quality of the wines that come from the grapes. 2017 saw the Italian wine industry struggle with climate issues. Late frosts and other (more…) Continue Reading

Italian Wine Exports Reach Record Highs

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On the face of it, 2017 offered plenty of signs that it would be a bad year for the Italian wine industry. Production levels tanked to the lowest that they have been since before World War II. That alone makes it seem as though the industry would experience something of a bleak period. In fact, production levels fell over 25% compared to what they were in 2016. But that couldn’t stop the Italian wine industry. Despite these low production numbers, the industry is stronger than ever. In particular, Ital now exports more wine than it has at any other point in the industry’s illustrious history. Recent figures have revealed that exports shot up 7% during 2017. Moreover, sales shot up to €6 billion. Those are huge numbers, and they make for a record-breaking year for the industry. Let’s dig a little deeper into those numbers before looking at some of the reasons behind them. The Numbers So there’s more money and more wine being shipped out of Italy than ever Continue Reading

Polvanera 17 Primitivo Gioia del Colle

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It’s been a while since we took a more detailed look at a wine and the producer that made it, so we thought we’d revert back to type this week. After all, nothing brings us greater joy that to help people learn about spectacular wines that they may not have come across before. As usual, we had a choice to make when choosing the wine that we’d talk about in this article. Do we go with a wine from a major producer that readers will recognise almost instantly? Or, do we shine a spotlight on a wine from perhaps a less famous company that we believe deserves the respect of the consumer? This week, we have decided on the latter. So, without any further ado, let’s dig into the history of Cantine Polavanera, another new winery that has been making waves in the Italian wine industry despite existing for less than two decades. The History Like so many other modern wine producers, the story of Cantine Polvanera stretches back much further than its 2002 founding. Yes, it was ju Continue Reading

The Spectacular Carnival of Venice

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Those who follow the Christian faith will already know about the period of Lent. For 40 days, believers fast, or otherwise give up an indulgence, as a way to show their dedication to God. With Lent being a period of fastidious withdrawal from some of the finer temptations in life, you can leave it to the Italians, particularly the Venetians, to make the day leading up to it something to remember. Where most celebrate this day, known as Shrove Tuesday, with pancakes, the Venetians take things a few steps further with an elaborate festival. If you’ve ever been to an Italian festival before, you already know that they are truly spectacular events. They bring together people from all over the world to celebrate, with gorgeous Italian wine flowing and many culinary delights to be had. But even amongst this backdrop, the Carnival of Venice manages to stand out. In fact, it has achieved worldwide fame thanks to the elaborate masks that many revellers wear during the event. But b Continue Reading

What is the Palio di Siena?

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Of all of the amazing events in Italy that celebrate Italian wine and the culture that surrounds the country, the Palio di Siena may not immediately spring to mind. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise us if there are a fair few people reading this who have never even heard of the event. That’s a shame, because it’s actually one of the most important events on the Italian cultural calendar. Held in Siena twice a year during the summer, the Palio di Siena is a horserace with a twist. It has a deep history that’s rooted in early Italian culture, and it has deep links with the Italian wine industry. Today, we’re going to take a look at this great even in more detail. Who knows, maybe you’ll find yourself booking a ticket to this year’s event by the time you’ve finished reading. The Origins Nobody is exactly sure when the Palio di Siena started, but the event finds its roots in medieval history. It all comes down to the piazza in the centre of Siena. For hundreds of Continue Reading

The Best Wine and Chocolate Combinations

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Italian wine and chocolate. On their own, they’re two of the best things in the world. We bet that you’re thinking about both of them right now after just hearing the mere mention of the words. The creamy smoothness of milk chocolate, the interesting textures of dark chocolate, and the lightness of white chocolate all have their own special joys to offer. We’re sure you also have preferences when it comes to who makes your favoured brand of chocolate. The same goes for your choice of Italian wine. In fact, there’s even more variety in this area. Everything from the type of wine to the vintage and the land the grapes were grown on play a part in your enjoyment of a glass wine. So, they’re great on their own. Now think about how amazing they are when they combine forces. The right combination of chocolate and wine can lead to a taste experience that is quite (more…) Continue Reading

The Feelings Associated With Different Alcohols

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If you’re anything like us, you probably don’t limit your alcohol intake to Italian wines. As much as we love wine, sometimes the bight calls for a beer or some spirits instead. Where we are can play as much of a role in what we drink as anything else. For example, if you’re sitting at home with a book, you’re much more likely to drink a glass of wine than anything else. However, when you’re out clubbing with your friends, it’s likely that the spirits and shots will start flowing. Maybe you’ll have a beer with your dad instead of a glass of wine of any spirits. The point is that there are many situational occurrences that influence our drinking decisions. It can often feel like there’s a drink for every occasion. But have you put any thought into how these different drinks may affect you emotionally. Even if you haven’t put any thought into the subject, you likely have an idea of how different types of alcohol affect you. Many people even go out of their w Continue Reading

The Top Hangover Cures

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We’ve all done it. We go into our wine drinking exploits with the best of intentions. “I’ll only have one glass of Italian wine,” you say to yourself. Soon, one glass becomes two. Then three, maybe even four or five. Before you know it, you’ve overdone things a little. Like we said, it happens to all of us and it isn’t a bad thing. Getting carried away during a great night is one of the joys of life. However, the feeling during the morning after is definitely a bad thing. The dreaded hangover can hit you like a ton of bricks, leaving you feeling nauseous and as though every noise you hear has a personal vendetta against your raging headache. Hope is not lost. There are plenty of remedies out there to help you deal with the morning after. Eat a Good Breakfast We know, eating may not be the first thing on your mind after a night where you’ve drank (more…) Continue Reading

Wine and the Senses

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Anybody who has ever consumed a bottle of Italian wine knows that the wine involves all of your senses. That’s a given. However, the effects of wine on these senses has never really been studied before. Something that involves everything that makes you who you are must surely have an effect in some way, but nobody really knows what that might be. Beyond the various sensations that you experience when you drink wine, of course. However, all of that may have changed thanks to a study by Gordon Shepherd. A neuroscientist working at the United States’ famous Yale University, Shepherd believes that wine’s ability to activate all of the senses may make it better for stimulating your brain than music, or even solving complex mathematical equations. Shepherd’s Study Shepherd has dedicated much of his life to studying how various things affect the human brain, with his most recent focus turning to wine. His recently released book, Neuroenology: How the Brain Creates the Taste o Continue Reading

Georgia and the 8000 Year Old Wine

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A few weeks ago, we wrote on this very blog about the Speyer Wine Bottle. Dating back to the fourth century AD, this bottle has long been considered the oldest wine vintage in the world. Some experts even believe that it might still be drinkable, assuming it’s capable of withstanding the many changes that would occur to its structure should the bottle ever be opened. The bottle has taken pride of place in the Pfalz Historical Museum in Germany for many years, with many visitors marvelling at a 1700 year old wine that has stood the test of time. While the bottle still stands as the oldest bottle of wine in the world, the history of wine stretches back much earlier than 1700 years. Excavations in regions as diverse as Italy, Greece, and China have led us to believe that wine has existed, in some form, since 5000 BC. Evidence of wine production has been found in old pottery and other items that have been excavated in regions across the world. However, it’s a new discovery tha Continue Reading

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