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Falanghina wine in Positano on the Amalfi Coast

Falanghina wine in Positano on the Amalfi Coast. When you book a nice apartment in Positano, with us you’ll realize how beautiful and magical this town is.

The dream came true four decades ago, in ’62, and Ettore Sammarco speaks with emotion and pride. His family always made wine. Their farm is an ancient tradition. But like so many here in the South, selling bulk wine and say anonymously. Although it was very popular, but paid badly. So for years the goal of Hector was to bottle the wine, to treat him better and distributed to restaurants and wine shops are able to appreciate its quality. The large steel silos lay siege to the cellar, the last witness of what was the old company. Which, without prejudice to any more advanced technology, retains the character and structure of the past. Beginning with the family, he sees next to the boss Hector, the son Bart, both working on the production front, while Rosa Maria and Antonio, two daughters, following the administrative and commercial sector.The Doc Amalfi Coast in ’95 gave an extraordinary impetus to the wine production area. A consecration certainly deserved, even if the name of Ravello had a history when it comes to wines.

The guideline has avoided the risk that under this name were marketed mediocre wines with grapes and bastardized. The company under the label Selva delle Monache (the trademark) produces the Ravello Doc in its white, red and rosé.The soil is clay – and the volcanic system of animal husbandry in double Guyot, trellis and pergola. Beyond these common data, each wine has its own path. The white (60% Falanghina, Biancolella 40%) passes from the perfect ripeness of grapes at controlled temperature maceration and subsequent stay in steel for five months. The Ravello Red (40 Piedirosso%, 30% and 30% Aglianico Sciascinoso) has instead a prolonged contact with grape skins for a tannic, and after three months in stainless steel is aged for a year in French oak barrels.Also under the label Selva delle Monache, the Sammarco also produces a Ravello Rosso Riserva, made from Aglianico Piedirosso 70% and 30% is vinified with a short maceration on the skins with the must, then aged six months in steel. Bartolo Sammarco speaks with pride of Ravello Bianco, who does not hesitate to define rare. In fact it is produced only in the best years and about three thousand bottles. It’s the strict selection of grapes a result very happy (Broom 40% and Zita White Biancolella 20%). The grapes all come from the Vineyard Plains Cave, which enjoys a unique exhibition between sea and mountains. Hence the fruity bouquet and a hint of vanilla and toast.

The reference is again to the territory and effort that involves the care of the vineyard. They call it heroic viticulture, but on the Amalfi Coast is not known another type of farming. These terraces and pergolas these, and no one would know otherwise conceive.The Doc Ravello produced by Ettore Sammarco enjoy wide recognition. In the vortex of illustrious, that make Amalfi and its region the privileged refuge of the worlds of art, politics and entertainment, the Selva delle Monache took the bench. Schroeder from Zeffirelli to the great soloists and conductors’ s participating in the festival orchestra in Ravello, all these celebrated wines. And no one has given up a few bottles to take away.

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Piedirosso wine in Positano

Piedirosso wine in Positano. When You book a nice apartment in Positano on the Amalfi Coast, with us You’ll realize  how beautiful and magic this town is.

At sunset, the town is the only producer and winemaker Joseph Apicella. His wine making from time immemorial, although until the ’75 sold in bulk, everywhere there were wine bars and restaurants can appreciate a good red, that had nothing to envy to the most famous wines. Then, Peppe Apicella (that’s how his friends call him) began to bottle his wine and courageously to propose around Italy, especially where the presence of his fellow villagers had given rise to the emergence of restaurants and pizzerias. This applies, in fact, that by Sunsets are irradiated throughout Italy for generations of pizza, that the example of Louis Jordan, who was the first after the war he opened a pizzeria in Loreto di Novara.The expansion and success come from the eighties, though Apicella remains committed to the principle that only a small winery can provide those treatments that require a good wine. So the five acres of family were the ones with the old screws Piedirosso and Aglianico, foot works, and with a yield on the ninety quintals per hectare, well below the 110 expected to be disciplined in ’95.

The company produces white, red and rosé for a total of forty thousand bottles, with a predominance of red, the type not only more distant tradition, but most in demand by the market. And it was the growing success of this wine to push Apicella to create, since 2000, a Rosso Riserva Vigna battered three thousand units, based on 60% and Aglianico Piedirosso, with three years of aging, including two in bottle. Vigna battered represents the first milestone of the family Apicella, where even the children – Prisco young winemaker, and Fiorina, studies in business – live with love and the fate of the transport. At first this was followed a’Scippata Reserve, which is indicated by the name of the local vineyard, all on foot works, which originally appeared rugged and steep, as often is the territory here. The fund was established in the early thirties with the purchase of the forest that the Old Forest, an excellent investment for the particular nature of the land and all the happy position at noon. Just one hectare, to break up by force of arms and an ax, before planting the cuttings and Piedirosso Dyer, rigorously chosen among the best in the area.

Then, the wise provision of the grape in the framework, where each item includes five cuttings together. Ordered geometry, which gave rise to a series of plots, each capable of containing three rows of vines grown on pergolas, with the typical plant chestnut poles.Since 1931, a period in which it is born a’Scippata – apart from the modern equipment and new winemaking techniques – here nothing has changed. Peppe Apicella, heir to the vineyard, I worked as his ancestor, with operations carried out manually, given the rugged nature of the place. Pruning, tying the branches, the change of guardians, we always refers to gestures and techniques of the past. Careful harvest in early November – a date not to be overlooked for a grape rather delicate as the dye – can count on only forty pounds, or just over one hectare of vineyard. Then in the cellar, that philosophy requires a delicate baling and a long fermentation on the skins for better respect of the original character of the grape

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Wine Trivia

Fun Wine History Trivia

Wine is probably the most storied and legendary beverage conceived by mankind, and its history goes back literally to Biblical times. This makes for some surprisingly fun wine history trivia hunting; wine is the beverage that always has another surprise in store!

Wine’s first purpose was as a water purifier! A long time before modern methods for sanitizing water, primitive peoples developed one foolproof method for ensuring that water was safe to drink: they’d mix in the fermented juice from fruit and found the alcohol was sufficient to kill any harmful organisms.

The fermenting of beer and wine was one of the first applications of alchemy and hence chemistry, going as far back as the year 1000 B.C.

Wine has an important place in more than half of the world’s religions. Jewish practitioners say a blessing over wine on holidays, and Passover is observed with four cups of wine. Wine makes an appearance throughout Christianity, with even one of Jesus’ miracles being to turn water into wine. It is used in the Eucharist of both Catholic and Protestant religions. The ancient Greeks had the god Dionysus, the god of wine and with it, of both madness and ecstasy. Of the major world religions today, only the Islamic ones specifically forbid wine.

While we assume that glass bottles of wine is the preferred standard, glass bottles only came into use after the 18th century. Before this time, wine was traditionally stored and transported in bulk, usually in wooden barrels or clay casks. For individual-sized serving, it would be carried in a wineskin, usually made from leather and originally lined with resin to keep them from leaking.

The use of oak barrels is frequently touted as a contributor to the taste of wine. But actually, oak was originally used simply because oak wood was plentiful and widely used in the old world, as an all-purpose storage container. Oak wood has a tight grain which makes it leak-proof. Oak barrels also favor the aging of wine because they allow very controlled exposure to oxygen.

One of the reasons that so much fuss is made over the proper serving temperature of wine is that human taste-buds function differently at different temperatures. Sweeter tastes come through better at room temperature, while more savory tastes come through better at colder temperatures.

The world’s most influential wine critic is currently Robert J. Parker, Jr. The lawyer-turned-wine-snob is responsible for creating the 100-point wine rating system widely used today. It is said that a 100-point rating from him is enough to drive up the price of a wine. This effect has even given rise to the term “Parkerization” in the wine world, which is the tendency of many establishments to base their purchasing habits on what Parker’s review says this week.

Of the top wine-producing nations in the world, France still ranks number one at 5.3 million tonnes per year. Italy (4.7 tonnes) is second, Spain (3.6 tonnes) is third, and the United States (2.2 tonnes) is fourth. Australia is in sixth place, but very nearly tied with, of all countries, China! However Australia is the fourth largest exporter of wine and has the third largest market share.

The “French paradox” has it that the French have a diet rich in fatty foods, yet have one of the lowest rates of heart disease in the world. It is the French paradox that led to the realization that wine, which the French consume in great quantities, is beneficial to the heart.

Ian Love is the owner of Online Wine Store, West Valley Wine which specializes in Australian Red Wine.

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San Gimignano, Italy

Welcome to San Gimignano

San Gimignano, Italy

San Gimignano, Italy

San Gimignano is a mid-evil hill town in Toscano which provides a unique atmosphere of Romanesque and Gothic architecture.

It hosts some magnificent towers which many believe influenced Dante to write the “Inferno.” It is the first part of Dante’s 14th-century epic poem the Divine Comedy. Climbing to the top of one of the three dominate towers offers exquisite views of the surrounding countryside.

Tuscany, or Toscana in Italian, will enchant you with its Old World charm and gracious hospitality. I always try to learn a few key phrases in the native language when I travel. Such as, per favore for please and Gratzi for thank you.

As you stroll through the cobbled streets perusing local shops for that unique gift or souvenir be sure to stop by the local gelato shop for a variety of unique flavors. Straw hats, paintings, sculptures and other local art provide a wide variety of souvenirs for discerning visitors. A comfortable pair walking shoes or sandals such as Merrells for men or Keen women’s sandals are a must when you travel in Europe.

Tours from Florence go to San Gimignano and allow you time to explore on your own and provide lunch and wine tasting at Tenuta Torciano Winery. Lunch on traditional Italian cuisine with wine tasting hosted by a knowledgeable Sommelier. The Sommelier explains the various wines while offering food and wine pairings. It is fun, educational and entertaining. Mingling with other tourists from around the world creates a delightful and adventurous atmosphere. Prices vary depending on the agenda.

I recommend you keep a personal journal of the trip and it’s experiences to relive and revisit year after year. It’s not just a photograph but a sight, taste, smell and the people you meet which will allow you to relive this adventure throughout the years.


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Verona Arena

A Day in Verona, Italy

Come, join me as I board a train at Milan Centrale for a day in Verona, Italy. The home of Romeo and Juliet, the Capulets and the Montagues, and the Verona Arena. Verona is an enchanting, romantic city.

Arriving in Verona later than planned, I grabbed a map of the City at the train station and immediately set out for the local tourism office where I wanted to join a guided walking tour. Somehow I got turned around and finally asked a young woman who was walking her dog if she spoke English and asked for directions to the tourism office. Her name was Sophia. She said she was going in that direction so I could walk with her. We chatted amicably while we walked. She left me when I was across the street from the tourism office. The tour group had already left but I was given a walking map of Verona attractions.

Three of Shakespeare’s plays are set in Verona: Romeo and Juliet, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and The Taming of the Shrew. I enjoyed my visit to Juliet’s house, it brought the entire story new life.


The Verona Arena was built in the first century and is still in usVerona Arenae today for the large-scale opera performances. It is one of the best preserved ancient structures of its kind.

After the Arena and Casa di Giulietta (house of Juliet) it was time for lunch at Antica Torretta. I chose to sit at one of the sidewalk tables to watch the people as they passed by.

A glass of white Italian Chianti accompanied Salad Nicoise with Yellow Fin tuna. The meal was perfect for a warm Tuscan afternoon watching the patrons converse as tourists passed by.

After an amazing day in Verona, it was time to walk back to the train station and back to Milan.