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Cooking Tips

Chopping, mincing & dicing

Chopping Chopping is a method of cutting vegetables, herbs or other food into small pieces. Make sure you have a knife about twice the size of the amount of food you are chopping. To begin, you?l want to slice larger food, like a carrot, into smaller pieces. So take a sharp knife and hold the …

Recipes

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Tuscany Tips

History of Tuscany

Tuscany gained preeminence during and still owes much of its renown to the reign of the Medici and their patronage of the arts. Their effect on the region made Tuscany the cultural mecca it is today. Natural beauty also contributes to the region? allure. Lined by the Apennine Mountains, the Apuan Alps, and the Tyrrhenian …

Wines

Tenuta di Castiglioni

Tenuta di Castiglioni, Toscana IGT The rich, elegant Tenuta di Castiglioni, this estate? iconic wine, is clearly in a modern key, but holds fast to the qualities of its local terroir. A delightful blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and small part of Merlot and Cabernet Franc that provides considerable power and a sturdy structure in …

Wines

Frescobaldi Wine Bar

Italians understand the chemistry between wine and food, and the Frescobaldis are certainly no exception. One wine can express numerous personalities when paired with different foods. The Frescobaldi Wine Bar, located in the heart of Florence?s historical district, is a great place to fully appreciate the characteristics and depth of all the Frescobaldi wines in …

Recipes

Lemon & Rosemary Roasted Potatoes

We recommend pairing Frescobaldi Castiglioni Chianti DOCG wine with this Lemon and Rosemary Roasted Potatoes recipe. This recipe is also featured in Tuscany Tonight’s Holiday BBQ Quick Menu. Click here to view full menu. Serves 6 Ingredients: Finely chopped zest of 1 lemon 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary 3 tablespoons sea salt 4 pounds …

Recipes

Ribollita – Traditional Tuscan Soup

Recommended wine pairing: Pomino Pinot Nero or Tenuta Frescobaldi di Castiglioni Serves 4 Chef: Donatella Zampoli Ingredients: 1 head of cavolo nero (black-leaf kale) 1/4 a head of Savoy cabbage 1 bunch of Swiss chard 1 leek 1 onion 2 potatoes 2 carrots 2 zucchini 2 celery stalks 2/3 lb (approx. 10.6 ounces) of cannellini …

Recipes

Fresh Sausage Crostini

Recommended wine pairing: Montesodi Serves 8 small plates Ingredients 3 fresh sausages, casing removed 1 cup smoked provolone cheese, coarsely grated 1 Tbsp fennel seeds 1/2 green or red fresh pepper, minced 1 baguette, sliced into 1/4 – 1/2? slices Directions Slice baguette and place slices on a baking sheet. Allow the slices to sit …

Entertaining

Piave

Alfresco dining and warm summer nights lead me to pair Castiglioni Chianti DOCG with a harder cheese. Italian-made Piave is delicious with the wine and is one of those firm cheeses that will not melt and drip on your shoe when the evening is still steamy and hot. This actually happened to me at the …

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