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Snooth Launches Food & Wine Pairings Application, Reaches More than 40 Million Monthly Visitors



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Snooth Launches Food & Wine Pairings Application, Reaches More than 40 Million Monthly Visitors










New York, NY (PRWEB) July 7, 2009

Snooth, the world’s largest wine site, today announced the launch of its Food & Wine pairings application for My Yahoo!, the most popular personalized start page with more than 40 million worldwide monthly visitors.

My Yahoo! users are now able to peruse thousands of recipes from leading publications such as Food & Wine, Cooking Light, Real Simple and Health, among others, and get automatically generated wine pairings based on each individual dish.

The app will also highlight the most popular recipes, pairings, and wines of the day, with links to purchase the corresponding bottle.

For example, for a Tomato-Chicken Pasta dish, Snooth’s digital sommelier recommended “Fontaleoni Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2007″ with the rationale, “This mineraly white offers nice acidity with a medium bodied feel, allowing it to partner perfectly with this meal.”

The functionality was hand built using Snooth’s database of the world’s wines and the decades of accumulated wine knowledge among Snooth’s employees, particularly that of Gregory Dal Piaz, Snooth’s Community Manager. Snooth’s expertise in systematically analyzing and categorizing wine data was transferred to analyzing and categorizing recipe data in order to create the complex pairing algorithm.

“This algorithm is an interesting combination of our backend tech functionality, as well as the human expertise of our resident wine guru Gregory Dal Piaz,” said Philip James, CEO of Snooth. “We’re trying to democratize the wine experience and make finding good wine easier, and now everyone has access to a top-tier sommelier with the click of button.”

Since its inception in June 2007, Snooth has grown to be the world’s largest wine site, with over 500,000 users per month, 1 million wines and prices from 11,000 merchants and wineries worldwide. The site currently handles over 2 million searches per month and has over 125,000 registered users.

About Snooth

Snooth is the world’s largest wine site with over 500,000 monthly users. Launched in June 2007, Snooth is a free, highly interactive, social database of the world’s wines, offering both casual and expert wine drinkers the ability to search, obtain personalized recommendations, interact with fellow wine lovers, as well as seamlessly buy from a global network of over 11,000 merchants.

Designed to be easy to use, users have the ability to search by their own personal preferences (bold, peppery, fruity, etc), by a specific meal-pairing, price, or by region or producer. Snooth’s recommendation engine also provides customized selections based on stated preferences and user feedback. The more information a user gives on wines they enjoy, the more personalized and detailed the recommendations become.

Snooth’s massive database of 1 million wines and 2 million reviews, powers many third-party wine applications and functions as a central repository of wine data. Snooth is available on-the-go using its iPhone application.

Snooth was awarded the Model of Excellence by Infocommerce in 2008, and is the recipient of multiple medals from the Wine 2.0 trade organization. Snooth has garnered much press within the tech, wine and food spaces from publications including Forbes, Oprah, Techcrunch, Mashable, the Guardian, and many others.

Snooth’s team is comprised of experts in data management, user experience, and wine. Snooth’s advisors and investors include past and current management of Blue Fly, Price Grabber, Experian, Quigo, Inertia Beverage Group, and Global Wines and Spirits amongst others.

Please visit http://www.snooth.com for more information on the largest wine site in the world.

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City Discovery and the Art of Wine Touring



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Paris, France (PRWEB) September 28, 2009

With the grape harvest season in full swing for most wineries in Europe and North America, City-Discovery.com helps you discover the best vineyards for wine tasting and related activities.

To master the art of wine touring, City Discovery begins with the Paris Champagne Tasting Cruise, which involves cruising down the Seine River while sipping bubbly champagne. Also included in the agenda is an informative champagne presentation by a personal sommelier, who not only gives a detailed explanation of the champagne production process but also waxes poetic on Parisian monuments while serving Champagnes Brut, Demi-sec and Rosé Champagnes.

Next up is the Grand Seven Wine Tasting Experience in Paris, where participants can taste a wonderful variety of French wines from Alsace to Bordeaux and from Burgundy to Chateauneuf-du-Pape. This unique wine-tasting experience also involves a wonderful introduction by a French sommelier to the great diversity of French vineyards, a discussion on wine techniques for appreciation and strategies for pairing food and wine, and a guide on how to observe and distinguish the unique characteristics of various wines from France’s many “terroirs.” Along with the tasting is a selection of delicious French breads, which rounds up the tasting to a T.

After France, City Discovery takes wine tourists to Italy with an Exclusive Wine and Cheese Tasting in Florence. Featuring white and red wines such as Vernaccia di San Gimignano, Chianti colli Senesi DOCG, Brunello di Montalcino Tiezzi and SuperTuscan Noir, the tour promises an explosion of flavors and aromas, amid a pleasurable heightening of senses. An exceptional sommelier adds a colorful addition to the activity, treating guests to a special lecture on food and wine dominant to the Tuscan countryside. A tasting in one of Pisa’s famous wine and food shop concludes this day tour, a fitting end to an unforgettable experience.

On the other side of the Atlantic, City Discovery promotes the Wine Country Explorer Pass, a golden ticket to a complete Napa and Sonoma experience. The tour involves 11 great wine tastings at Simi Winery, Clos Pegase, Goosecross Cellars and so on, as well as free admissions to two museums: the Charles M. Schulz Museum and the Napa Valley Museum. The ticket, which amounts to a savings of US$ 107 (compared to buying individual tickets), also provides VIP extras such as 15 percent savings at the Napa General store and 10 to 15 percent savings on selected wine purchases at various wine stores and outlets.

Concluding the American leg of the art of wine touring a la City Discovery is the Colchagua Valley Wine Route. Highlights include a chance to discover the whole process of wine production and wine tasting and a visit to the Colchagua Museum, a private museum that holds an interesting collection of insects trapped in amber, plus objects of pre-Colombine cultures. Colchagua Valley in the town of Santa Cruz features some of the best wineries in the world: Viu Manent, Santa Laura, Bisquert, Mont Gras and Montes among many others.

South of the hemisphere are world-acclaimed Australian wines from the vineyards of the Hunter region, which is Australia’s oldest commercial wine producing district with over 7,000 acres under vine. For a chance to thoroughly explore this region, check out City Discovery’s Hunter Valley Wineries tour, which features a visit to the world-renowned Lindemans for a private wine tasting, a complete wine appreciation course at the Hunter Valley Wine School, a visit to the Bluetongue Brewery, home of Bluetongue Beer and so much more. The wine list features favorites like Semillon, Shiraz, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noirs.

On to the lush wine lands of South Africa, City Discovery invites wine tourists to Cape Town’s most popular and well-known wine regions: Franschhoek, Paarl Valley and Stellenbosch. The Full Day Winelands Tour from Cape Town starts off with a visit to Paarl and the spectacular Paarl Valley, where a cellar tour and a wine tasting await at one of the local estates. The wine touring continues northwest to the beautiful village of Franschhoek and then to Stellenbosch, the historic heart of Cape Town’s wine region.

Other options such as visits to the Xanadu winery in Perth; exclusive wine tasting in Rome, Pisa, Milan and Florence; trips to renowned wine regions like Adelaide’s Barossa Valley, Guia’s Adega do Cantor or Singer’s Winery and Montevideo’s Wine Roads (Montevideo); and Spanish Wine Tasting are part of City Discovery’s full spectrum of wine tour offers that sees repeat bookings year after year. (For a complete listing of City Discovery wine tours, please visit City Discovery).

About City-Discovery.com

City Discovery is a leading provider of sightseeing tours, travel experiences and ground transportation worldwide. With over 5,000 carefully selected travel activities in 300 destinations and user-friendly features such as traveler reviews, wishbox, suggested itineraries and gift certificates, City Discovery sells directly to consumers through City-Discovery.com and a network of over 7,000 travel agencies and affiliates. City Discovery is available in 12 languages and has offices in USA, France, Italy, Greece and the Philippines.

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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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Explore With A Tuscany Italy Wine Tour

Wine producing countries all offer wine tours, but there are no better place than a Tuscany Italy wine tour to get to know wine and wine making at its best. You are in for an experience of a lifetime as a Tuscany Italy wine tour is not just about tasking excellent wines. You will taste and get to know the different methods of wine making and visit the cellars and have a look at how the excellent Tuscany wines are stored. It is always best to take a guided Tuscany Italy wine tour with an experienced guide because this way you will get all the interesting and finer details explained.

Tour guides are knowledgeable not only about wines and wine making, but will regale you on everything about Tuscany. For people who want more out of a wine tour than tasting wine and seeing the cellars, it is important to choose the correct time of year to visit Tuscany. During certain times of the year wine tours will include seeing the vineyards and having a walk around.

One thing to remember when going on a Tuscany Italy wine tour is that you will be tasting and drinking quite a bit of wine as you go along. This is all part and parcel of a wine tour, but certain safety precautions should be taken. Always make sure that you have reliable transportation and a driver available if you are not part of a tour party going on a tour bus or mini van.

Different Ways To Go Wine Tasting

One way of doing a Tuscany Italy wine tour is by bicycle and explore the region at a leisurely pace as you cycle through fields and small villages. This is a great way to discover the local cuisine and stop off whenever you want to explore some of the historical sites that date back to the Etruscan period. Wine tours should never be rushed and meandering along on a bicycle is a wonderful way to discover the land.

You can also go on a special walking wine tour of Tuscany that normally takes about 7 days to do. These guided walking tours take you along the wine roads of San Gimignano and Montalcino and along the way you not only go on at the different wine cellars to taste wine, you explore the Renaissance towns.  The choice of how you want to do your Tuscany Italy wine tour is completely personal to suit your own preferences and Tuscany tourism agencies cater for everyone.

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Experience A Walking Wine Tour Of Tuscany

The countryside of Tuscany is littered with wineries left, right and centre. There is simply no better way to experience this part of Italy than with a walking wine tour of Tuscany. It is all good and well to be driven around in an air-conditioned vehicle, being lectured about the wine lands you are passing. However, in that situation, you are so remote from the vineyard, the true Tuscany and the real experience.

A walking wine tour of Tuscany will put you in touch with the land, the vineyards, the sights, smells, sounds. If you are a health enthusiast, fitness conscious or simply want to make the most of your time in Italy, a walking wine tour of Tuscany is just the right thing for you. You can indulge in fine wine, enjoy the new tastes of Italian cuisine and participate in any local events without a drop of guilt. All your worries will melt away when you sample the delicious food and wine on a walking wine tour of Tuscany.

It Is All About Experience

Holidays and the making of life-long memories are all about the experiences you have during your lifetime. A walking wine tour of Tuscany is the perfect addition to your repertoire of memorable experiences. It is possibly the best wine tour you can take when visiting Italy and promises to see you return home with tons of special memories of the sights, sounds, smells and much more. You will walk up an appetite that can only be satisfied by the finest local cuisine on a walking wine tour of Tuscany. While you are walking up an appetite for fine food and drink, you will be able to satisfy your appetite for beautiful scenery, especially if you choose to walk the wine roads of San Gimignano and Montcalino.

These areas will see you on a 7-day walking wine tour of Tuscany that is a dream come true for any hiker, nature enthusiast or history buff. You will be taken through old farmhouses made of stone, age old abbeys that have stood the test of time and lanes lined with cypress trees whispering of the history they have seen. Can you think of anything better? Well, to add to that, you can see, experience and participate in the city culture of Tuscany and make full use of the opportunity to truly experience the beauty and variety of Italy.  Come on a walking wine tour of Tuscany; you will not regret a single moment of it.

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Florence Cooking Lessons | Florence Wine And Tuscany Culinary Tours | Florence Uncorked

Italy food lovers visiting Tuscany beware! Guests traveling to Florence in Tuscany be prepared to enjoy the finer things of life. Great Italian food, great Tuscan wines and wonderful Renaissance settings!

Nancy Aiello Tours offers limitless opportunities to enjoy the life of real Florence and tour Tuscany like a local. Nancy Aiello’s guests will venture inside Florence as only locals know it, tour local food markets, cook in a private Florentine home, and enjoy Florence as the Florentine do.
Tuscany is rightly considered Italy’s premier food and wine region famous worldwide for its Chianti region and famed Chianti red wine. Tuscany boasts not only the most prestigious red wines, but is also home to the finest sweet wines and excellent dry white wines. The variety of wines produced in Tuscany is staggering and we have designed the most comprehensive and tasty Florence and Tuscany culinary tours to inspire the taste of our most demanding guests.

Since 1997 Nancy AielloTours advises independent travelers visiting Italy with the finest private tours of Florence and Tuscany combined with VIP Italy travel services and private transportation to experience and enjoy the made in Italy life and style.

Nancy Aiello Tours’ team of travel consultant and licensed Italy tour guides draw on extensive local knowledge to provide detailed & customized tours of Florence to enjoy Italy art galleries and Florence museums, Tuscan healthy home cooking lessons and well-being. These Italy VIP travel services include Florence airports and Livorno ports of call welcome, recommendation of Florence hotels and luxury accommodation in Tuscany, Florence private transfers and logistics arrangements, private Florence cooking lessons and Florence markets tours.

To learn more about Nancy Aiello’s Private guided tour of Florence or to plan a Tuscany holiday and memorable trip to Italy please contact info@nancyaiellotours.com

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Florence offers at every step ancient Florence landmarks, Renaissance Florentine churches, Renaissance and Baroque palaces interspersed among pictoresque squares, stunning statues not to mention the Uffizi and Academia Museums, and the memorable day trips from Florence to visit medieval walled towns like Siena, Lucca, San Gimignano or the memorable Pisa with its leaning tower.

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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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Go Ahead Tours Announces Two New Food & Wine Tours to Italy



A Taste of Northern Italy & the Italian Riviera


Cambridge, MA (PRWEB) February 16, 2010

Go Ahead Tours, an international leader in discovery through guided tours and European vacation packages, has designed two new tours to feed travelers’ wanderlust and celebrate travel to popular culinary destinations within Italy, such as Florence, San Gimignano, Siena, Montalcino, Rome, Bologna, Turin and Verona.

In response to the increasing popularity of theme-based itineraries, Go Ahead Tours offers travelers an entirely new way to discover the world—through the flavors and tastes of Italy. These new tour packages offer a more in-depth cultural experience, since travelers will interact more with locals and sample locally produced products, like balsamic vinegar cheese and wine.

“Our travelers have expressed the desire for exciting and distinctive experiences,” said Christy Waller, Vice President of Marketing. “And this year, during our 20th anniversary celebration, we’re happy to offer special departures and new itineraries that give them the vacation they want. These new tours also appeal to those who may not have considered a tour group before. Our Food & Wine tours are designed for adult travelers looking to reward themselves with an international experience that will treat all of their senses.”

Full itineraries on all Go Ahead’s tours can be found at www.goaheadtours.com; here are included tour highlights from the two new Food & Wine tours to Italy:

For 2010: A Taste of Tuscany & Umbria: Perugia Jazz Festival

(10 Days from $ 3,399 USD; departs July 7, 2010)

    Welcome Dinner in Florence
    Private Tuscan cooking class
    Wine tasting in San Gimignano
    Local dinner in Siena
    Brunello wine tasting in Montalcino
    Traditional Umbrian lunch by Lake Trasimeno
    Special Jazz dinner event
    Wine tasting and light lunch in Orvieto
    Farewell Dinner in Rome

For 2011: A Taste of Northern Italy & the Italian Riviera

(11 Days from $ 2,699 USD )

    Welcome Dinner in Turin
    Wine tasting and light lunch in Barolo
    Cheese tasting at a local Parmigiano Reggiano producer
    Local balsamic vinegar factory visit and tasting
    Wine tasting in the Parma region
    Private cooking class in Bolgona
    Wine tasting in the Veneto region
    Farewell Dinner in Verona
Established in 1990, Go Ahead Tours (www.goaheadtours.com) offers over 75 high-quality escorted tours around the world to travelers—both seasoned and new—who are looking to learn more about the world and themselves. Committed to breaking down barriers of culture and geography, Go Ahead provides customers with superior quality, exceptional value and an unsurpassed Best Price Guarantee; that is, if you find the same tour for less, Go Ahead will match the price. Go Ahead’s parent company, EF Education, was founded in 1965 and is the world’s largest private educational travel company.

All prices are based on exchange rates, airfares, fuel prices/surcharges and land costs at the time of pricing (November 4, 2009) and are therefore subject to increase. Please note: Between $ 90 USD and $ 325 USD in government taxes and fees with respect to air travel, including the September 11th Security Fee, and port taxes are not part of the tour price.

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Food And Wine In The Tuscany Districts

There are some little facts that tourists and holiday makers to Tuscany need to know about the reputed food and wine that have made the Italian city a must-visit destination. It is well known among visitors and tourists to Italy that Tuscany has some of the Continent’s finest cuisines and wines which are mostly used to entertain first-time visitors. Wine adds a special touch to any occasion that is worth celebrating. This explains why people from all over the world choose to travel all the way to Italy and specifically Tuscany, to celebrate special moments. As for Tuscany, it is not in any way different from other favorite tourist destinations in terms of relaxation spots but what makes it stand out is the unique taste of its dishes; making it an attraction to all comers.

Tuscany wine has an unrivalled reputation among all others in the region with a distinct flavor that makes it a favorite to many wine lovers all over Europe and globally too. Since wine is known to add color to all events being celebrated, it is only wise for one to make Tuscany a preferred holiday destination. There are multiple wine zones in Tuscany. Some of the most important of these wine zones include Chianti Classico, Bolgheri and Montalcino.

It is arguably true that Tuscany is a major center of Italy’s wine producing cities because it is also widely said that Italy is the highest wine producing country in the world. Thus, Tuscany boasts of some of Italy’s finest with a wide variety of such wines. For many decades, wine has been a major attraction to Tuscany; what with the number of visitors and tourists flocking into the city regularly for their fair share of wine-dine sessions. In recent years, Tuscany’s wine makers have been putting in extra effort to enhance the quality of their wines which results in the high class products that make their way out of Tuscany’s vineyards.

The excellence of Tuscany’s wines are better tried and tasted for the above facts to be agreed. Whether it’s for domestic consumption or for the world’s markets, Tuscany can’t simply be ignored on a list of the best towns producing the best wines. As the saying goes, “the taste of the pudding is in the eating,” so does the taste of Tuscany’s foods and wines. Within the town itself, it is very easy to locate any restaurant, eatery or bar for a quick go at any of the city’s numerous foods and wines. For those who choose to take away the exotic wines, there are lots of stores where they can be found.

Tuscany’s wines have come a long way that the best among the different wines have earned the term “Super Tuscan Wines.” These are the types that are made using several blends of exotic varieties of fruits like grape, strawberry, cherry, etc. The west of Tuscany where the Bolgheri wine zone has its base is known as the birthplace of Tignanello and Sassacaia; both of which are Super Tuscan Wines. The wines from Bolgheri have lately been receiving more attention than ever before. Most especially in recent decades and this is largely because of their high quality among other Italian wines. Red Tuscany wine is one of the favored drinks among both locals and visitors to the Italian city.

This may be because of its unique mode of preparation whereby several different grapes like Syrah, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc are blended together to give the finished product. The above grapes are also used to produce different types of wines. Although much has been highlighted about Tuscan wines, the city’s food also enjoys the same attention as its beverage counterpart with the comments and feedback of many visitors and tourists to Tuscany.

Holiday makers to Italy always love to stop over in Tuscany to have a taste of what they often read about on the pages of travel magazines and journals. For many visitors to Italy, there are more than enough varieties of cuisines to try for an entire month for those who may be visiting the country as first timers. There is equally a wide array of mouth-watering delicatessens to try for those who are regular comers to Tuscany.

As a good way of enjoying your stay in Tuscany, you can decide to take down the list of the most popular dishes that are common among locals. Along with this list, you may also copy the recipes of the dishes that are easy to prepare or that belong to your list of favorites; with love from Tuscany. In the absence of something new to take home as souvenir from Tuscany, one can take this simple but important list of cuisines back home so as to make something out of the Italy trip. Really, foods and wines in Italy and to be specific, Tuscany, are cheap, affordable and readily available too. Depending on your preferences, you just can’t run out of what to eat or drink while you are out in the Tuscan home of Italy. See you there.

Andrea Cardelli writes articles for the most part for http://www.yourwaytotuscany.com , an internet site with information about Tuscany Accommodation.


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