How the Christmas gift basket was first created Buon Natale Italian Christmas Gift Basket

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How the Christmas gift basket was first created. Buon Natale Italian Christmas Gift Basket This basket was created many years ago by our original company due to popular demand. A customer came in the Italian Market on day and asked us to put together a basket or two with similar products inside and wrap them up, to mak e a...

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The case for Italian Chardonnay

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The case for Italian Chardonnay We all have had Chardonnay, from the strongly flavored, heavily oaked, and buttered Califorina Chard's to the hearty pure French Chardonnay and everything in between. For years the Italians have provided grapes, filler grapes, to other regions and countries. Selling their raw materials and remaining in the background, literally supporting the worlds wine trade.  Contrary...

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The art of making espresso

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The art of making espresso:The Italian version of croissants, Cornetto, are usually filled with cream, fruit such as Apricot, or chocolate (of course). These croissants are lighter, less greasy and usually less caloric than their French counterpart. Also in the base for the dough they add fruit preserves to add flavor and moisture, it also adds another beautiful layer of...

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Carpi Riso Arborio I love Italian Risotto con Porcini (Rice with Mushrooms)

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Carpi Riso Arborio I love Italian Risotto con Porcini (Rice with Mushrooms) Since 1920 Carpi Riso has been providing the world with quality products straight the northern Italian city of Carpi. The company offers a large variety of rices with a degree of quality that can't be beat. Carpi Riso's Riso Arborio is an excellent carbohydrate and the extra quality...

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Ravello (Are we in heaven?)

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Ravello (Are we in heaven?) Or what? That's what my 3 year old son said as the day came to an end... My trip to Ravello begged one very real question, am I in heaven right now? The place is magic, more so than something contrived like Disney or surreal like a Waterfall in Hawaii; there is just something absolutely...

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Nero D'Avola the noble grape of the Italian south

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Nero D'Avola the noble grape of the Italian south Nero d'Avola is literally translated to black (grape) of Avola; Avola is a town within the town of Siracusa (Syracuse), in the region of Sicily. In some circles this is also refered to as the black devil grape, perhaps it is because it is so dark in color or perhaps because...

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Rome Walking tour "The Bernini walk"

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Rome walking tour "The Bernini Walk"Exploring Rome, Italy "the eternal city" is breathtaking as well as enlightening. To truly appreciate Rome you really need to touch to feel to walk. Someone can explain to you what a flower smells like and looks like, and they may be able to portray this in a very precise manner however only with physical...

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Aglianico the Barolo of the south

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Aglianico the Barolo of the southAglianico is often referred to as the Barolo of the south. While this is quite flattering it is not a fair comparison. Aglianico is very robust, full bodied, complex and well balanced as is a fine Barolo however this is where the comparison seems to end. While Aglianico has many layers of aromas and flavors...

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Summer in Italy

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Summer in Italy One of my favorite experiences in Italy is the trips to the beach towns (Ah summer in Italy). This past trip I experienced a hidden gem in southern Italy. Located in the region of Calabria, Gizzeria is a small town yet city like setting with little areas of gorgeous beaches lined with large smooth black pebbles; additionally...

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We Just Love Italian everything!

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We Just Love Italian everything! When we set out on this journey this passion to combine great wine and great food really one key point came to light. It's critically important to understand and appreciate that first wine and food belong together and are meant to enhance each other. Second and probably most importantly people have a real desire to...

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