When pairing wine to food try to match similarities of richness, texture, intensity, and flavor of the food to the wine. Here are some tips:
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Written on September 21st, 2010 , Education (All About Wine)

Ordering wine is a responsibility, but it can be fun as well. Any good establishment will have someone — a sommelier or wine captain — to help you choose an appropriate wine. A good sommelier (or waiter) will act neither overbearingly stuffy nor overly friendly. That experienced person’s help, plus a few simple tips and tricks, will help you make the right choice (or at least one that is not embarrassing).
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Written on September 21st, 2010 , Education (All About Wine)

Wine Name

The standards for naming a wine vary depending on its origin. In many European countries a wine is named for the growing area or appellation where it originated. For example, Bordeaux Supérieur or Chablis are all French ACs (Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée); Chianti is an Italian DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata Garantita), and Rioja is a Spanish DOCa (Denominación de Origen Calificada). In some areas like the United States , Australia , New Zealand , South Africa , and South America , and in France ‘s Alsace region, the grape variety (such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Chardonnay) is often the name of the wine. Proprietary names are sometimes used when a wine doesn’t fit into either of the previous guidelines. For example, a wine might be a Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc/Merlot blend. Since it doesn’t contain 75 percent of one grape variety, it cannot (in the United States ) be named after a specific grape variety.
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Written on September 21st, 2010 , Education (All About Wine)

Castello del Trebbio was built as a fortress in the twelfth century for the Pazzi family. Its fame is due to the “Pazzi Conspiracy”, a plot organized by the Pazzi family in 1478 to kill their old enemies Giuliano and Lorenzo de’ Medici. In the fifteenth century ownership transferred to the Medici family who converted it into a villa. The current family purchased it in 1968 and have restored it respecting its history. The estate comprises about 60 hectares of grapes, 10.000 olive trees and native forest, a total of 350 hectares. A tour of the castle and the old wine cellars with wine and olive oil tasting is possible for groups with reservation. Also part of the estate are apartments for rent by tourists.

The owners of Trebbio have recently opened a very unique and creative restaurant. We say unique and creative because they specialize in gourmet style dishes not normally found in the region. Since Anna and Stefano have companies and produce wine in Sardegna (the place is Gergei, 60 km. northern from the capital of sardinia, Cagliari), in Pantelleria (Sicilian isle between Sicily and Africa) and in Maremma (southern Tuscany), they bring herbs, vegetables, and other specialties for their menu. The result is a gastronomic treat that surpasses the typical Tuscan pasta dishes tourists find everywhere else.
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Written on September 21st, 2010 , Food

Besides great tuscan wines, the Antinori estate offers the traveler comfortable, well situated apartments in classic old countryside villas. Weekly and daily rates are available, and they can handle everything from couples to large families. The estate is made up of several “clusters” of farm house type accommodations, plus a central office, restaurant, and recreation area. The restaurant is a very small, limited selection room used mostly for breakfast. Nearby is a pool, tennis court, and fitness center. The office staff is very helpful, and they have a computer available to check your e-mail, at no charge.
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Written on September 21st, 2010 , Lodging, Wineries

“TOMMASI Viticoltori” ( Tommasi vintners ) is a family viticultural firm founded in 1902 by Giacomo Tommasi. It is situated in Pedemonte, in the heart of the historic Valpolicella Classico region which extends to the northwest of Verona, Italy. From grandfather Giacomo’s tiny vineyard, the Tommasi estate has grown steadily over the course of years and today extends over 135 hectares of hillside vineyard blessed by mother nature not only by a magnificent landscape, but more importantly by its perfect suitability for grapes. The estate is run by the 4th generation of family operation, 6 members working together in complete harmony, each with his well defined area of responsibility.
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Written on September 21st, 2010 , Wineries

Castello del Trebbio was built as a fortress in the twelfth century for the Pazzi family. Its fame is due to the “Pazzi Conspiracy”, a plot organized by the Pazzi family in 1478 to kill their old enemies Giuliano and Lorenzo de’ Medici. In the fifteenth century ownership transferred to the Medici family who converted it into a villa. The current family purchased it in 1968 and have restored it respecting its history. The estate comprises about 60 hectares of grapes, 10.000 olive trees and native forest, a total of 350 hectares. A tour of the castle and the old wine cellars with wine and olive oil tasting is possible for groups with reservation. Also part of the estate are apartments for rent by tourists.
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Written on September 21st, 2010 , Lodging, Wineries

Louis Jadot

We recently had the very distinct pleasure of touring the facilities of Louis Jadot. Their new (1996) vinification cellars in Beaune and in Beaujolais, as well as the creation of the CADUS cooperage and the purchase of Château des Jacques in 1996 underline the aim of controlling the quality of their wines at each stage of their elaboration. Louis Jadot also entered into a partnership with a firm of coopers from South-West France to form the Cadus Cooperage, established in Ladoix Serrigny (5 km from Beaune). This ensures improved control over the origin of the wood and the preparation of the barrels. Aging wine in wooden barrels is very important for the balance, aromas and the aging potential of a great wine.
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Written on September 21st, 2010 , Wineries

Tour Wine

A Virtual Tour of Grapes, Wines, Wineries