Beverages


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ith the only exception of water, beverages are made by men not just to quench their thirst, but to reach the pleasure of the palate. Some of them, like wine and beer, usually accompany food, some others, like alcohol or coffee, are completely independent from it.

FOOD IN THIS SECTION:

Smooth and sparkling beverages like wine, beer, alcoholics, coffee, tea, syrups.




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

Little bubbles in the Champagne.

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hampagne: more than a sparkling wine, a true myth. To really understand why it’s so famous, it’s necessary to learn something about its origins, to visit the region of France where its grapes grow, to know how it’s produced. (continue)

: France




Marsala: Florio’s wine. Marsala: Florio’s wine.

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 first 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 IGT, 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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pritz” is an alcoholic aperitif from Veneto, a region in the North-East of Italy: during the last few years it has reached a great international notoriety. Even if it’s quite difficult to determine with precision its date of birth, there are reliable information about the origin of the name: it comes most probably from “spritzen”, a german verb that means “to spray”. Something that clearly points to the habit of adding some sparkling water to wine to make it less alcoholic. (coming soon)

: Italy




The pharahos drink beer. The pharahos drink beer.

The pharahos drink beer.

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undred of years before Christ, the ancient egyptians already enjoyed beer and drank quite a lot of it too! Legend says that the unstoppable fury of the goddess Sekhmet, threatening to destroy the world, was actually stopped by some … red beer, mistaken for blood! (coming soon)

: Egypt




Rum for the pirates. Rum for the pirates.

Rum for the 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 links pirates to rum. Why just this beverage and not another? Looking for an answer, we are going to visit the evil world of these fascinating rascals! (coming soon)

: Antigua & Barbuda

Hemingway about wine ©:1

A sip of grappa on the bridge of Bassano.

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assano del Grappa: a beautiful village in the north-east of Italy, located at the foot of the Alps. 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 on the mountains during the First World War. It was a time when the soldiers could not afford many pleasures: one of the few was the so-called “grappa”, a very typical alcoholic beverage. (coming soon)

A sip of grappa on the bridge of Bassano.

A black rooster and the Chianti wine

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ll the bottles of classic Chianti wine have on their neck the symbol of a black roster. The original image was drawn by the famous painter Giorgio Vasari to remember an odd challenge between the Republics of Florence and Siena. A competition to choose the rightful owner of the Chianti lands, decided, for once, not by armies but … by the crowing of a black rooster!




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