2010 Brunello Is A Big Hit

Friday, October 28, 2016

2010 Brunello Is A Big Hit

Posted by Mikolaj (28/10/2016)

Tuscan wine lovers will be pleased to know that the well-known Brunello is making waves in the wine world. Tuscany is highly respected worldwide for its wine production. Many people visit the region purely to sample the wines and go on wine tours in the beautiful vineyards.

Some of the best known wines from the region include Chianti and Brunello. Tuscany is celebrated particularly for the reds that are produced here, which are primarily made with the Sangiovese grape.

Brunello wine is one of the most expensive wines you can buy in Tuscany. Not long after appearing on the shelves around the world, Montalcino’s world famous Brunello wine is making a huge impact. Wine critics have been singing its praises, with plenty of experts giving the 2010 Brunello 100 out of 100.

One respected critic from America, James Suckling wrote:

‘The 2010 vintage is a new benchmark for Tuscany’s icon wine, producing reds with wonderful intensity, structure, and energy. I find the depth of fruit, flavour and savoury, almost mineral undertone of the wines spellbinding.’

One of the area’s highly regarded producers has claimed that the 2010 Brunello is the vintage of a lifetime. Suckling also went on to say:

‘I tasted close to 200 different Brunellos from the vintage and it was almost impossible to find one that was not outstanding quality. It is a tribute to the greatness of the vintage as well as the wonderful evolution in quality winemaking for the region.’

On your next trip to Tuscany, make sure you visit Montalcino and try some of this world class wine. However, you will need to be quick, because our sources have discovered that many of their favourite winemakers have already sold out of the 2010 Brunello. If however you do find some of this exceptional wine, experts recommend that you lay it down for a few years, and in time you will enjoy an unforgettable wine experience.

Here are some interesting facts about Brunello wine:
     The wine is named for the town of Montalcino.
     It’s a wine that needs to be aged (sometimes up to 20 years) and should be left for a good few hours to allow for aeration.
     It should be served at room temperature between 18 and 20 degrees.
     The wine must be made entirely from Sangiovese to attain the label; even the non-reserve wines must spend 2 years in the oak barrels. (source:http://www.yourwineiq.com/kindsofwine/redwine/sangiovese.html)
     The flavours you will find in Brunello include black cherry, black raspberry, blackberry, leather, violets and chocolate.
     It’s a full bodied, dry, warm, robust and harmonic wine.
     The first vintage of Brunello di Montalcino dates back to 1863, produced by Ferruccio Biondi-Santi
     Brunello di Montalcino should be served in crystal glasses, balloon shaped, in order to capture the complex and harmonious bouquet. (Source:http://www.tuscany-wine.com/brunello_di_montalcino_docg.htm)
     It tastes best with game, red meat, truffle dishes and cheese.
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7 Fascinating Tuscan Facts

Friday, October 21, 2016

7 Fascinating Tuscan Facts

Posted by Virginie (21/10/2016)

Tuscany is full of surprises. You might have an impression of the region in your mind, but when you visit, you will discovered it’s more spectacular than you could ever had imagined.

If you are lucky enough to uncover every corner of the region, you will soon discover the variation in scenery and the surprises that Tuscany has up its sleeves. There are some facts that everybody knows about Tuscany, and then there are things that people might find very surprising or intriguing. Here are seven fascinating facts about Tuscany.

1. You can go skiing in Tuscany
Believe it or not, you can actually go skiing in Tuscany. Most people associate the region with its rolling hills and vineyards, but have no idea there’s an alpine side to the area. There are eight ski resorts in Tuscany, 96 kilometres of slopes and 42 ski lifts.

2. You can do a degree in wine production
Siena is home to Italy’s only University that does a degree in wine production (‘Oenology’). Oenology is defined as ‘the science and study of all aspects of wine and winemaking except vine-growing and grape-harvesting, which form a subfield called viticulture.’

3. The Crete Senesi region has lunar like landscapes
There is a region underneath Siena called the Crete Senesi region. When driving through this area you might feel like you are on another planet. It’s characterised by lunar landscapes and low rolling hills.

4. Tuscany has a total of seven UNESCO sites
Tuscany has more World Heritage Sites than some entire countries do. Pienza, San Gimignano, Siena and Florence are all listed. Florence (the capital of the region) was the first Tuscan site to be put on the UNESCO list.

5. The author of Pinocchio was from Florence
You have probably heard about the world famous 1940 Disney Film, Pinocchio. The original story was actually written by a man called Carlo Collodi who was from Florence.

6. The Leaning Tower of Pisa isn’t the only one
A lot of people are unaware that the Leaning Tower of Pisa is not the only one. It is one of the most visited landmarks in the whole country, and people travel from around the world to snap photos in front of it.

There are actually two other towers that lean, the Campanile of San Michele Degli Scalzi and the Campanile of San Nicola, both of which are also in Pisa. Part of the problem with building here was that the city was built on marsh wetlands, which presents challenging construction issues.

7. There’s no legal drinking age

You will find that there is no legal drinking age in Italy. However, there is one catch. A person has to be 16 years or older in order to be served alcohol in a bar. Binge drinking isn’t a big problem here, which is partly why the rules are relaxed. Although you have to be 16 to purchase alcohol, kids younger than this often enjoy wine with their families at mealtimes. 
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6 Reasons To Hire A Private Chef In Tuscany

Friday, October 14, 2016

6 Reasons To Hire A Private Chef In Tuscany

Posted by Ruth (14/10/2016)

Whilst in Tuscany, it’s worth considering hiring a private chef. If you want to do something really special, then why not have a talented chef cook you a mouth-watering Tuscan meal in the comfort of your private villa?

We know a selection of excellent private chefs in and around the region, and we’ve heard some great things from our guests about this amazing experience. You choose the dishes you want from their specific menu and they will tailor everything to your dietary requirements. Here are six reasons to hire a private chef in Tuscany.

1. Get a real taste of Tuscany
You can go to local restaurants and sample Tuscan delicacies while you are out and about, but that doesn’t come close to having your own private chef. You will get to experience real food and dishes prepared from scratch, by local culinary experts who have grown up in the region. Hiring a private chef is an excellent way to sample some of Tuscany’s best dishes and appreciate the local cuisine.

2. See how Tuscan food is cooked
When you hire a private chef, they come round to your private villa, and cook up an amazing meal right before your eyes. You can literally watch them cook some of the dishes and see the kind of preparation that goes into Tuscan meals. This is something you don’t get to witness in restaurants, and most chefs are happy to answer any questions you have about their methods.

3. Celebrate a special occasion
Celebrating a special occasion whilst you are in Tuscany? Perhaps a birthday or wedding anniversary, or you may even be planning on popping the question. Hiring a private chef is the perfect way to celebrate. Create a romantic atmosphere for two, or get a chef to cook for a small group of you.

4. Enjoy the perfect evening in after a long day
Sometimes after travelling around and doing lots of walking you don’t always fancy going out for dinner, or attempting to cook for yourself. Relax, put your feet up and let a private chef serve you dinner, you won’t have to lift a finger.

5. It’s an experience you will never forget
This is an experience that you will remember for a long time. It’s not every day that you get a professional Italian chef serving up a delicious home cooked meal. It’s a wonderful way to experience the delights of Tuscan food.

6. You deserve a treat
Hiring a private chef doesn’t cost too much more than a meal out. A lot of people assume that it would be extremely expensive, but there are different menus to choose from, many of which a very reasonably priced considering what you get. You deserve a treat, and hiring a private chef is a wonderful way to treat yourself.

Interested in booking a private chef? Click here to choose from a range of top quality Tuscan chefs that we have relationships with.
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Things You Can Learn On A Trip To Tuscany

Friday, October 7, 2016

Things You Can Learn On A Trip To Tuscany

Posted by Sonia 07/10/16
A trip to Tuscany can provide far more than just a holiday. If you are looking to get more from your travels, then grab the opportunity to take something away from your visit to Tuscany.

Getting involved in educational activities and one of a kind experiences can help to create memories that last. Bring a piece of Tuscany back with you by booking an experience you can learn from.

Here’s six things you can learn on a trip to Tuscany.

1.    How to speak Italian
Why not enhance your Italian experience by booking a language lesson during your visit? If you are going to spend a fair amount of time in Tuscany, or plan to visit on a regular basis, then learning Italian is well worth it.

There are plenty of language schools in places like Florence. Even if you don’t manage to fit in a lesson, try and pick up some key words and phrases from the locals to help you get by.

2.    How to taste wine properly
Learn to taste wine as the Italians do, and discover a wealth of information about wine on a wine tour. These tours offer you the chance to learn exactly how the wine is produced in Tuscany, and uncover what makes the wine here so special. You will also learn which wines go with which dishes, so that when you are dining out in Tuscany, you can select complementary wines to go with your meal.

3.    How to ride a horse
This may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but of all the places to go horse riding, Tuscany should be at the top of your list. You can go on a romantic horse ride along the beach, or get some fresh air in the stunning countryside. If you have never ridden a horse before, you can book a lesson, and beginners can head out on a ride with a guide who knows the area.

4.    How to cook Italian dishes
As well as its world class wines, Tuscany is also known for its culinary delights. Book a food tour or cooking class where you will learn how to make your favourite Italian dishes and find out where to buy all the ingredients. Then you can make some mouth-watering Tuscan dishes when you return home and reminisce about your trip.

5.    How to ride a Segway
You might assume that riding a Segway is fairly straightforward, but it does take a bit of practice. The Segway tour guides will give you a brief at the beginning of your tour, explaining the basics. You will have the chance to get the hang of it, and after a few hours riding round a Tuscan city, you will feel like a pro. Segways are a handy way to see everything cities like Florence, Pisa and Siena have to offer.

6.    Photography
The scenery in Tuscany will blow you away, and knowing some basic photography skills can help you to capture it more accurately. You can go on photography courses and book photography lessons whilst in Tuscany. Play around with different settings and visit a few different spots to take some truly breath-taking shots.

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