Wines: Brunello di Montalcino Poggiotondo

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Brunello di Montalcino Poggiotondo

Brunello di Montalcino is a red Italian wine produced in the vineyards surrounding the town of Montalcino located about 120 km south of Florence in the Tuscany wine region. Brunello, a diminutive of Bruno, a male given name which means brown, is the name that was given locally to what was believed to be an individual grape variety grown in Montalcino.

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Wines: Brunello di Montalcino Il Patrizio

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Brunello di Montalcino Il Patrizio

Brunello di Montalcino is a red Italian wine produced in the vineyards surrounding the town of Montalcino located about 120 km south of Florence in the Tuscany wine region. Brunello, a diminutive of Bruno, a male given name which means brown, is the name that was given locally to what was believed to be an individual grape variety grown in Montalcino.

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Wines: Brunello di Montalcino Il Grappolo

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Brunello di Montalcino Il Grappolo

Brunello di Montalcino is a red Italian wine produced in the vineyards surrounding the town of Montalcino located about 120 km south of Florence in the Tuscany wine region. Brunello, a diminutive of Bruno, a male given name which means brown, is the name that was given locally to what was believed to be an individual grape variety grown in Montalcino.

Brunello Di Montalcino il grappolo

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Italian Espresso

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Espresso is coffee brewed by forcing a small amount of nearly boiling water under pressure through finely ground coffee beans. Espresso is generally thicker than coffee brewed by other methods, has a higher concentration of suspended and dissolved solids, and has crema on top (a foam with a creamy consistency). As a result of the pressurized brewing process, the flavors and chemicals in a typical cup of espresso are very concentrated.

In Italy, we drink many shots of espresso every day. We wouldn’t have noticed, but our foreign friends noted that we have an espresso in the morning, to wake up, then one after colazione (breakfast), of course we have another one at lunch and dinner wouldn’t be dinner if we didn’t end it with a nice shot of strong coffee. It’s probably why we don’t get fat from all the delicious foods we eat here in Tuscany and also it might be the reason why we seem so agitated and, we are told, talk so loudly.

But we love our espresso and you will, too! The secret is to drink it all in one gulp!

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Wines: Brunello di Montalcino

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Brunello di Montalcino is a red Italian wine produced in the vineyards surrounding the town of Montalcino located about 120 km south of Florence in the Tuscany wine region. Brunello, a diminutive of Bruno, a male given name which means brown, is the name that was given locally to what was believed to be an individual grape variety grown in Montalcino.

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Cantuccini con vin santo

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Also known as Biscotti di Prato (Prato biscuits), Cantuccini con vin santo is a traditional Tuscan dessert. “Vin santo” literally means “holy wine” and this is why we always serve these almond biscuits with a glass of white wine.

Biscotti di Prato are named after the city of Prato (near Florence) because the oldest records of cantuccini are kept there, and a pastry baker of Prato won prizes with them in the 19th century. The word “cantuccini” refers to the shape of the biscotti and means “little angles”.

These delicious cantuccini are made with flour, almonds, sugar, butter and eggs.

Vin Santo or Vino Santo (holy wine) is a style of Italian dessert wine. Traditional in Tuscany, these wines are often made from white grape varieties such as Trebbiano and Malvasia.

Since the biscuits are hard, before eating them you have to dip them in the sweet dessert wine. Needless to say, they, too, are delicious!

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