Beverages


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his section of Webfoodculture is about beverages. They’re quite often used not just to quench thirst, but also for other purposes: for example, to accompany food. Some particular combinations can create a sort of magic, resulting in a delicious synergy. From this point of view, ‘drinking’, a simple necessity, can really become a true form of art.

IN THIS SECTION:

All types of beverages.




Little bubbles in the Champagne. Little bubbles in the Champagne.

Little bubbles in the Champagne.

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hampagne is so much more than ‘just’ a sparkling wine: it’s a true myth. To really understand why it’s so famous, it’s necessary to know its fascinating story, to visit the beautiful region of France where its grapes grow and to see how it’s produced. (continue)

: France




Marsala: Florio’s wine (img-01) Marsala: Florio’s wine (img-01)

Marsala: Florio’s wine.

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ven if Marsala grapes have always been produced only in Sicily, it was an Englishman to understand the great potential of this wine, as English were its first admirers. On the other hand, it was an Italian family to make it famous worldwide: the Florios. (continue)

: Italy




The Italian DOCG wines. The Italian DOCG wines.

The Italian DOC and DOCG wines.

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ome bottles of Italian wine bear a label around their neck, the so-called ‘fascetta’, on which is printed the word ‘DOC’ or, alternatively, ‘DOCG’. This label certifies that, after numerous tests and repeated controls, the Government itself guarantees the origin and the quality of the product. (First, second part)

: Italy




A villa, Goldoni and the “friularo” wine. A villa, Goldoni and the “friularo” wine.

A villa, Goldoni and the “friularo” wine.

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here is a place where emotions from a time past, art, culture and taste, seem to blend with each other. A beautiful, ancient villa in the Italian countryside becomes the source of feelings that inevitably ignite inspiration. It’s here that the Friularo wine was born, final result of a sensibility slowly acquired over the centuries. (continue)

: Italy




A spritz in Veneto Region. A spritz in Veneto Region.

A ‘spritz’ in Veneto Region.

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he ‘spritz’ is an aperitif from Veneto, a region in the North-East of Italy: during the last years this drink has become very famous in many countries. Its name probably comes from ‘spritzen’, a German word whose translation is ‘to spray’ and, in this case, means adding sparkling water to wine in order to dilute it and lower its alcohol content. (coming soon)

: Italy




The pharahos drink beer. The pharahos drink beer.

The pharahos drink beer.

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housands of years ago, way before the birth of Christ, the Ancient Egyptian already knew and enjoyed beer. According to legend, the fury of one of their goddess, Sekhmet, threatening to destroy the world, was placated by some red beer, mistaken for blood.
(coming soon)

: Egypt




Rum for pirates! (img-02) Rum for pirates! (img-02)

Rum for pirates!

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ifteen men on the dead man’s chest, yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!”: in the collective imagination, an unbreakable bond connects pirates to rum. But why just to this alcoholic beverage and not to another? To find the answer it’s necessary to explore the ‘evil’ world of these fascinating rascals! (coming soon)

: Antigua & Barbuda

Hemingway about wine (img-04)

A black rooster for Chianti wine.

A black rooster for Chianti wine

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ll the bottles of Classic Chianti wine bear on their neck the image of a black roster. This image was drawn by the famous painter Giorgio Vasari to celebrate an odd challenge held in medieval times between the Republics of Florence and Siena. A dispute about the ownership of the Chianti lands that, for once, was not decided by armies but … by a rooster’s crowing.

A sip of grappa on the bridge of Bassano

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assano del Grappa: a beautiful village in the northeastern part of Italy. A wooden bridge connects the banks of the local river, the Brenta. It’s the ‘Alpini’s bridge’ (also known as ‘Old Bridge’): this name commemorates the heroism of the troops who fought in the mountains during the First World War. It was a time when soldiers had just a few joys: the so-called ‘grappa’, a typical alcoholic beverage, was one of them.

A sip of grappa on the bridge of Bassano.




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img-01 (*) – ‘fruit’, A.Mucha, 1897 (Wikipedia Link) {PD-US}
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img-03 (*) – G.Vasari, self-portrait, 1550 (Wikipedia Link) {PD-US}
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