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Rosso di Montalcino

At my recent Brunello di Montalcino tasting at Drago Centro, I tried a number of traditionally styled Sangiovese from five different producers.  Although many were delicious and retained unique characteristics of plums and anise that we’ve come to expect from Montalcino, my favorite produc Details

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The First DOC

When the Italian DOC system was first introduced in 1963, designating exceptional products from typical regions, it took 3 years before the first wine was classified with this label of superior quality.  What was it?   The answer may surprise you.  It was not the noble Barolo, nor the clas Details

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Gelato or Ice Cream?

Gelato, Italy’s delicious and creamy version of ice cream has much less fat than its American counterpart, making it the perfect, virtually guilt free dessert! Gelato recipes usually include less cream than ice cream while adding more egg yolks and more milk.  Gelato also has 4–8% butterfat, Details

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January 23, 2014 9:32 pm
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Recipe: Chestnut and Garbanzo Bean Soup

It was Thanksgiving in Los Angeles, but I was in Poggia Picenze, a small village just a few miles from the Gran Sasso in L’Aquila.  My window at Osteria della Posta di Stefano Cardelli displayed an unforgettable view of the freshly snow-covered Gran Sasso.  The fabulous chef/nonna Gabrie Details

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Terredora

I recently had my first taste of Terredora wines with a bottle of 2010 Aglianico DOC that my mother brought home from Campania.  Laden with dark fruit and earth, I found myself enchanted by a young wine that easily could have aged years and years more, but still exhibited the personality and vig Details

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Feast of the Seven Fishes

It’s a long lived tradition in our family, as well as in many other Italian American households, that we celebrate the Feast of the Seven Fishes.  This highly awaited celebration is always observed on the much revered Christmas Eve, as a symbol of the vigil for the birth of the Baby Jesus.  T Details

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The Gem of San Miniato

At Escape Artists, we pride ourselves on finding the most enchanting corners of Italy; localities off the beaten path that people may not come across otherwise.  San Miniato, nestled in the province of Pisa within the heart of Tuscany, fits the bill entirely.  This medieval town immediately cha Details

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