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The Best Wine in Restaurants Newcastle

In such a limited space, I can indicate only a few general guidelines which, if not followed, could spoil even the most delicious of meals.

1. Wines should be drunk in the following order: first the light, delicately flavoured whites, then the more aromatic whites, rosés and lastly the reds, starting with the lighter and proceeding to more full-bodied.

2. Heavier and sweeter wines should never be served with red meats and game but with desserts and even well-matured, strongly-flavoured cheeses.

3. Drink some natural mineral water after tasting a wine in order to better appreciate the next one.

4. An entire meal can be based around one particularly rare or special wine.

5. The most important wines, such as Brunello or some of the Chianti Classico Riserva, must be served chambré at room temperature (20-22 degrees C.) – and opened at least an hour before serving. Very old wines should be decanted slowly and gently into a carafe or decanter.

To help you recognise the main varieties of wine produced in Tuscany, I have written brief, but hopefully adequate, descriptions of each major wine. I have also indicated the foods they best compliment. Do remember however, that such advice is not meant to be definitive as it can only be based on the overall, general characteristics of each kind of wine. For example, a particularly full-bodied Vernaccia from San Gimignano (several vintages come to mind) might be quite delicious with some of the spicier, Tuscan cured hams.

Tyneside boasts many restaurants but there is only one La Riviera. In the 1960s, Morecambe & Wise, made three feature films for the Rank Organisation. By far the best was their spoof crime caper That Riviera Touch, in which hapless tourists Eric and Ernie tangle with jewel thieves in the south of France. Without wishing to give away the ending, the various sub-plots come together in a chase scene that still has me in fits of laughter.

All right, I admit I am supposed to be writing about Gateshead Quayside¹s La Riviera restaurant and not cult comedy classics but there is method in my madness. Apart from the word Riviera appearing in both titles there is a distinct connection between the nation¹s best loved comedy double act and the unique epicurean evening out offered by this extraordinary restaurant – that connection is fun.

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Tuscany For The Best Food And Wine

Tuscany is one of those places in the world, that once you have visited it, you are bitten by the ‘bug’ and somehow you always end up comparing future destinations to it, usually unfavourably.

Somehow there is nowhere else in the world it is possible to compare Tuscany to. The Italians themselves sometimes try it…Umbria and then Puglia were touted as the ‘new Tuscany’ but putting it simply, there is only one Tuscany. Cities like Florence, crammed with Renaissance art wherever you walk, cities and towns like San Gimignano and Siena, Arezzo and more all have so much beauty and art, its incomparable with anything except what Italy might be able to offer somewhere else.

One of the main attractions for Italy and Tuscany itself is the cuisine: home of the best food in the world. It is a safe argument when you think about how well replicated Italian food is globally. Italian food is not just pizza and pasta but an assortment of grilled meats, elegant desserts and stunning aperitifs. Pasta is of course an art form…not just spaghetti but gnocchi, ravioli, linguini, macaroni…more and more than can be listed here. Pizza – the choice of toppings is actually only limited by ones imagination. As regards wine to help wash it down, there is of course the famous aperitif ‘Prosecco’, a sparkling dry white wine which is very popular and significantly cheaper than champagne, although in many cases more palatable. The wines themselves vary from the Super Tuscans, Barolo and the like to the lighter and readily available Chianti wines, many of us are already familiar with. White whites – the Pinot Grigio from the Veneto area is well know, as is Soave and Orvieto (from the town / area of the same region).

When quizzed on live radio about what Italians regard as the most important ingredient in Italian cooking (following discussions on truffles, garlic, herbs and so on) the chef replied simply ‘its the passion’. Having eaten in Italy regularly, one knows when one has food with this special ingredient long before it arrives at your plate: simply watch the pride by which the food is delivered to your table by the waiter.

The food should not be judged just by the surrounds either. Many people remember the best food being served in a typical trattoria, family run in a small village, food cooked to ‘nonnas’ ancient recipes handed down between generations than from a corporate city centre restaurant by ‘trained’ chefs. What is almost certain, both in former and latter examples, the food will still be good!

In a country so dependent on tourism, in tricky waters at the moment, it is good to know that Italy has so much to offer, not just in cultural delights and architecture, but also in cuisine. One will be forever familiar with Italy on the tourist map for culture, cuisine and the friendliness of the people, but visitors will always ask themselves in which order they prefer those three things. The most important aspect about Italian cuisine and sights is that they do vary subtly from region to region, such is the pride of the individal, as much as the national pride at stake, the attempts to out do each other and be the best can only benefit the end consumer: the tourist.

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Culinary Delights at Its Best at Delhi Hotels

As part of old customary, Indians still believe in serving their guests with only the best cuisines. The national capital of India, Delhi particularly embodies a pastiche of cuisines and flavours either imported or self created. Ranging from Mexican to Lebanese to Desi curries Delhi has adopted innumerable recopies to create its very own unique flavour. Such potpourri of rich flavours can be easily found at luxury Delhi hotels. These hotels masters the art of culinary and with their numerous restaurants and expert chefs creates magic of culinary delights that makes everyone commit a sin, that of gluttony. Thus dining at these hotels in Delhi comes with complete satisfaction and is one of the best features of these hotels.

Out of a long list of luxury hotels in Delhi those with finest series of restaurants are the following:
Taj Mahal Hotel:
A distinguished address in the national capital, Taj Mahal Hotel is long known for its graceful architecture and warm hospitality. But the one feature which marks its exclusivity is the long list of in-house restaurants offering varied world cuisines. Restaurants:

Emperor’s Lounge: famed for coffees and desserts,
House of Ming: produces classic Cantonese and Sichuan cuisines,
Machan: offers eclectic multi cuisine fares
The Grill Room serving European specialities, Varq offering Indian feast and
Wasabi By Morimoto serving Japanese Sakes and Sushi Bar are the famed culinary delights.

The Oberoi:
Grand is its style and opulence is its way, The Oberoi Hotels have carved a niche for themselves amidst a horde of classy Delhi luxury hotels. When it comes to food, the choices here are endless and can be called the dreamland of every gourmet. Restaurants:

Travertino: Authentic Indian cuisines with fine wines
Taipan: Food from all provinces of China is served here
Club Bar: Lobby level bar serving fine collection of spirits
The Oberoi Patisserie and Delicatessen: An art gourmet store

The Imperial:
A marvellous composition of Victorian, colonial and art deco The Imperial is one purely name for luxury and is a constant reminder of colonial elegance. The hotel has maintained similar style and elegance even in its inviting multi-cuisine restaurants. Restaurants:

The Spice Route: Pan Asian Restaurant serving offering delectable Indian flavours
1911 Bar: Period furnishing, soothing music ambiance is apt for enjoying choicest of wines.
1911 Restaurant: All day dinner
San Gimignano: Italian restaurant & alfresco dining
Daniell’s Tavern: Famous menu includes variety of kebabs, korma and other Mughal cuisines.
The Atrium: A quick reminder of English afternoon tea and breakfast is offered here
Patiala Peg: One of the renowned bars it has a fabulous collection of pictures of Maharaja of Patiala
La Bagnetta: Sweet temptations of chocolates and pastries offered here

These Delhi hotels thus lure its guests with a quantum of delightful fine dining options. Their culinary skills talk for their premier level of dedication and hospitality. These hotels thus always make into most of the food guides of the city.

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San Gimignano rises on a hill (334m high) dominating the Elsa Valley with its towers. Once the seat of a small Etruscan village of the Hellenistic period (200-300 BC) it began its life as a town in the 10th century taking its name from the Holy Bishop of Modena, who is said to have saved the village from the barbarian hordes. The town increased in wealth and developed greatly during the Middle Ages thanks to the “Via Francigena” the trading and pilgrim’s route that crossed it. Such prosperity lead to the flourishing of works of art to adorn the churches and monasteries. During this scenic mountain bike ride a wine tasting, together with the visit to a winery can be included upon request.

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Best Kept Secret Under the Tuscan Sun

Once upon a time there were 5 small fishing villages completely isolated from the world on a remote Mediterranean coast. Slowly over the centuries, it was encroached by an influx of European tourists. Few Americans have yet to discover it and we felt most fortunate now to have a guided visit to Cinque Terre.

No words can capture the breathtaking beauty of these sunlit villages clinging to sheer rock cliffs with a backdrop of a turquoise sea. It is simply dramatic. This is a land of chestnuts, lemons, olives, anchovies, cheese, honey and grapes. It was harvest time on our arrival when everything bloomed with a profusion of color.

We began with a visit to Groppo, a winery that produces the rare sweet raisin white wine native only to Cinque Terre. We tasted the sweet crisp vintage fresh from the harvest that runs a bottle. Groppo is also a coop where nearly 200 local farmers have come this week to deliver their bushels of green grapes. It’s extremely arduous and heroic work set in the most unique landscape of the world. Some must tether themselves by ropes to avoid a tumble down the thousand foot cliffs.

Over the centuries, generations of families have built 8 million cubic meters of stone walls, stacking rocks without ant cohesive material to create the terraces that will support their vineyards. A myriad of cliff-side paths connect the villages for a hikers dream.

We hiked down into the isolated town of Manarola which was beyond charming with no cars, but only boats parked in its streets. Tiny stores sold a hundred different shapes of packaged pastas. I lunched on a mountain of artichokes and salami and then walked along the famed Via del Armoe. This is the ancient “lover’s lane”, nearly a mile that follows the rocky coast and crystal water to the town of Riomaggiore. Not as impressive there, we took a train through the tunnels to my favorite town of Vernazza.

Here I discovered the quintessential Italy of my imagination. Approaching the waterfront was like a virtual walk into a sweeping watercolor painting, far more vivid than a postcard. My brief time there was spent hunting hotel rooms for an obligatory return visit to linger longer in this hidden and tranquil Shangri La.

The rest of our time was spent in the regions of Tuscany, known for its art treasures, architecture, stone farm houses and hilly landscapes spilling over with colorful vineyards. On this “hub and spoke tour”, we only had to unpack once at our base in Montecatini Terme, a spa town dating back to the 14th century.

We toured Floence, cradle of the Renaissance and Mother to the arts. In the gothic city of Siena, we strolled through cobbled streets into magnificent cathedrals. In San Gimignano, we stepped back in time to photograph its feudal towers with spectacular vista views.

A highlight for me was stomping grapes at San Donato Farm. The juices squished between my toes. The family owners here welcomed us as friends with hospitality as warm and traditional as the fine Chianti they served us. The annual grape harvest only lasts 10 days in September. It’s called “Le Vendemmia” and the locals celebrate it with passion.

Free time was provided for independent exploration. Some visited the spas of Terme, others rode bicycles through town. Most people scattered to the nearby towns of artistic Lucca, Pisa with its iconic leaning tower, Greve and Montecatini Alto, each distinct in character and timeless. I licked enough different gelato flavors to last a lifetime.

On our last night, we all boarded the funicular for a ride up to a medieval village. There we celebrated a journey well done over a 5 course gourmet farewell dinner. This was a laissez-faire vacation to a land where the pace of life slows down enough to enjoy it, truly the land of la dolce vita.

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