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Wine Education

Wine Education

Wine is not just what you pour into a glass. Each bottle has its own history, tradition, sensuality, uniqueness, and story. This can be both wonderful and wonderfully confusing. Varietals, labels, regions, and classifications can present the wine consumer with endless question and doubt. Tuscany Tonight helps to solve that dilemma by showing you how …

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Wine Terms Made Easy

Abboccato – Medium-sweet and full bodied Amabile – Medium-sweet Annata – Vintage Azienda (or Casa) agricola – An estate that uses its own grapes in production of its wines Azienda (or Casa) vinicola – A producer who buys in and vinifies, usually a large scale operation Azienda (or Casa) vitivinicola – An estate that grows …

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From Vineyard to Cellar

Winemaking is both an art and a science, combining the physical process of fermentation with the creative hand of the winemaker. The fermentation process for all wines is fairly straightforward: yeast is added to grape juice; the yeast consumes the grape?s sugar and converts it to alcohol and carbon dioxide and heat. While each grape …

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Tuscan Grape Varietals

Red Grapes Sangiovese You simply cannot talk about Italian wine without giving credit to the all-star of Italian grapes: Sangiovese. Literally translated as the ‘Blood of Jove,’ Sangiovese it the most widely planted grape in all of Italy. It is a high yielding, late ripening grape that performs best on well-drained limestone soils on south-facing …

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Super Tuscans

Simply put, Super Tuscans are the premium wines of the IGT classification. As with most great wine classifications, there’s much more to the story. Originally, the term “Super Tuscan” referred to any Tuscan red wine that did not adhere to traditional regional blending laws. Unlike the traditional Toscanas, Super Tuscans blended with other varietals, including …

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Reading the Label

The most important thing to remember when reading an Italian wine label is to not panic. Most labels are getting easier to read but there are still a lot out there that are totally and completely confusing. But rest assured – there are a few things you can use to navigate through the madness! The …

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What is a Chianti?

Chianti is no longer just a red table wine found in a straw basket. With lands covering 1.2 million acres and nearly a third of Tuscany, this winegrowing area has been officially named the ‘big elephant.’ The rolling green hills in Chianti produces wines of different quality and taste, with variations of light/dry and bold/fruity. …

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Aroma Wheel

The Aroma Wheel is a common tool to assist in distinguishing and describing the various aromas and flavors of the wine. The Aroma Wheel was developed at the University of California, Davis in 1984 as a standard tool used to describe wine in uniform, non-judgmental terms. The inner-circular sections describe the broader aroma categories while …

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How to Serve Wine

While it may seem a trivial thing, serving wine correctly can add enjoyment to any occasion from a casual get-together with friends to a more formal dinner party. Here are some helpful tips you should know about preparing, serving and pouring wine, and types of wine glasses suitable for the wines served. Wine Serving Temperatures …