Posts Tagged "Etruscans"

Tuscany tour

Posted by on Sep 20, 2011 | 0 comments

Tuscany tour

  We will be traveling to Tuscany from November 12th to 20th with a group of 6-7 dedicated food and wine lovers to tour vineyards and explore artisanal local foods. The tour will begin and end in Florence and travel south to Montepulciano and Montalcino, which have produced some of Italy’s greatest wines for eight centuries. We will spend several days exploring Siena and the Chianti district and will visit to the stunning medieval sites of Monte San Savino and Monte Oliveto Maggiore. This trip is for serious food lovers, including first-time visitors and those those who already know...

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Prosciutto Party

Posted by on Sep 19, 2011 | 0 comments

Prosciutto Party

Every September, the city of Parma sets aside an entire week and a half to celebrate one of its most cherished products, the world-renowned Prosciutto di Parma. During the festival, prosciuttifici–the factories in which the Italian ham legs are aged–open their doors to the public and offer guided tours followed by refreshments and a sampling of their delectable cured meats. Most prosciuttifici are situated in the hilly town of Langhirano, about a forty-minute drive from downtown Parma. Before the advent of air conditioning, Langhirano had an ideal climate for curing meat...

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In vino veritas

Posted by on Sep 8, 2011 | 0 comments

In vino veritas

This time of year, the air becomes sweet and sticky in the countryside of the Chianti district, the part of Tuscany fortunately situated between Florence and Siena. The grapes, already fermenting on the vines, make their presence felt with every intake of breath. These same little fruits, plucked and squeezed, will ferment and mature in wood and then glass until that magical moment when it is decanted, then swirled, sniffed, and sipped. Tuscany has been producing wine since it was Etruria, home to the ancient Etruscans. They almost certainly picked up their knowledge and love of wine from the...

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