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What do a grape variety and a dove foot have in common?

Grape varieties are grown all over the world to produce wines with unique flavour profiles. Most people are familiar with the red berry fragrance of the pinot noir, and the bright notes of the Riesling, but have you tried wine made of Piedirosso grapes?Piedirosso, or “red feet” in Italian, is grown in Italy primarily for local and tourist consumption.While it was widely cultivated in the 19th century, it declined after the phylloxera crisis, which destroyed most of the vineyards in Europe. Thankfully, it has made a comeback, and the red wine grape variety has quickly gained a foothold in the vast world of wines once again.Italy is known for its assortment of fantastic wines, and Piedirosso is a strong contender....

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Wine for thought: 5 fascinating facts about Italian Wine

  1. Italy produces a lot of wine – by a lot, we mean around one third of the world’s wine. In fact, Italy is the largest producer of wine in the world!  2. It’s not all about quantity – over two thirds of Italian wine produced is assigned the label of DOCG [Denomination of Controlled and Guaranteed Origin], DOP [Protected Designation of Origin] or IGP [Protected Geographical Information]. Look out for these labels – they mean the wine is authentic and of high quality. 3. Remember to taste a few – there are hundreds of grape varieties in Italy. Many know of the most popular, such as Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, and Merlot, but why not try something different? With so many grape varieties,...

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Wine and Food Pairings: How to match Rosè Wine

If you’ve indulged in your fair share of wine selections over the years, you’ll know it isn’t all about pairing them up with cold cuts and a cheese plate. In fact, some wines don’t pair too well with cheese at all. Excellent food and wine pairings are about balancing out strong features. If you’re enjoying a spicy dish, for example, you’re going to want to cleanse your palette with wine that is subtle and refreshing. For big fans of rosé wine, here are a few food pairings that could be your match made in heaven. The ins and outs of Rosé Wine? An on-trend and popular wine, rosé is often depicted as an aperitif or barbecue wine. A versatile food...

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Campania, where the wine is a legend

The Campania Wine Region: Where Italy’s Finest Wine is Sourced  First inhabited by the Greeks in the 8th century B.C., the Campania Region is not only rich in its resources but also in its history. Taken by the Roman Empire in the 4th century B.C., and suffering the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 A.D., Campania has since evolved into a region that houses exquisite cuisine and beautiful authentic wine.   Winemaking in Campania With over a hundred native grapes across the region, it’s no wonder Campania has hosted winemakers since the 13th century. Its diverse landscape and micro-climates have made it the perfect environment for long-growing crops. Coastal Mediterranean breezes temper the heat felt across the Apennine Mountains and bring great...

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