Some of the world’s best vacation spots also share deep roots to both historical events and culture. Wine has been at the forefront of these cultures, and continues to do so. Let’s raise a glass to the following destinations!
Piedmont, a region bordering France and Switzerland, sits at the foot of the Alps. It’s known for sophisticated cuisine and wines such as Barolo. The grape used to make this King of wines is known as nebbiolo, named after the nebulous clouds often found cascading down the country sky.
Floral and herbaceous, this wine has strong tannins to match meat and poultry, with a medium body. This wine pairs PERFECTLY with Alba white truffles, another prized trophy of Piedmont.
Tuscany is a region in central Italy. Its capital, Florence, is home to some of the world’s most recognizable Renaissance art and architecture, including Michelangelo’s “David” statue. Super Tuscans are very popular to drink, as well as the famed Chianti! In the case of super tuscans, these are wines made with grapes not commonly found in Italy, or some common grapes mixed with uncommon ones. This is the opportunity for winemakers to get funky! Chianti is made with the classic grape known as Sangiovese. Medium bodied, with some bordering full bodied. Flavors of tobacco, leather, spices, hints of cherry and red fruit, this wine pairs beautifully with the common fare of Tuscany, or for everyday drinking while visiting this gorgeous region.
Sicily, the largest Mediterranean island, is just off the “toe” of Italy’s “boot.” Its rich history is reflected in sites like the Valley of the Temples, the well-preserved ruins of 7 monumental, Doric-style Greek temples, and in the Byzantine mosaics at the Cappella Palatina, a former royal chapel in capital city Palermo. On Sicily’s eastern edge is Mount Etna, one of Europe’s highest active volcanoes. Nero D’Avola goes wonderfully with a day of hiking and travel. Inky and juicy, light on acidity but generous in alcohol, these wines go great with meat based meals.
So, where will you be traveling, and what will you be drinking? Grab some wine here!
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