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Cocktails & Spirits: How Did Champagne Become So Famous?

  The ongoing popularity of champagne is undeniable – the sparkling wine remains a first choice for many people when celebrating and has associations with luxury and some of the finest wine making techniques. The question remains, why did champagne become so famous? Like many developments in wine production, champagne came about by a happy accident of sorts. The Champagne region of France...

Culinary How-To's, Tips: Recipes from Tuscany - Braised Beef

Anna Bini and Cristina Pagliarini both work as private chefs for the luxury villa company Tuscany Now. Here is one of their favorite recipes to start you off exploring authentic Tuscan flavors, ingredients and cooking methods.   Braised Beef in Apple Sauce Serves 6 1.2 kg of beef (choose a cut with some fat, the meat shouldn’t be too lean for this dish) 3 red onions 3 green apples 50 grams...

Cocktails & Spirits: Picking the Best Drinks for Your Next Party

  Picking a wine for your next big party, poker game, or other gathering can be a difficult task, as you’ll need to juggle a lot of different factors and preferences when making your selection. Not everyone is a wine expert  which can complicate the task even further; the good news, however, is that with a little research and planning, the task is far from daunting and you’ll be picking...

Europe: The Art of Tapas and Tempranillo - Exploring the tapas scene in Madrid

The Art of Tapas and Tempranillo – Exploring the tapas scene in Madrid When it comes to a city break we want three things: great culture, great food and great wine. With flights to Madrid remaining reasonably priced all year round, those wanting to extend their culinary horizons should check out the Spanish city’s tapas scene. It’s a world of mini gastronomic delights which has helped Madrid...

Cultural Spotlight: Pizza Love in Rome

Forward: This article was provided to us by Candi Cane Canncel, a writer and blogger from Miami Beach.  For may of us who truly have a “relationship with pizza, and maybe even the pizza maker.” Enjoy! My 40th Birthday was fast approaching and I wanted to do something spectacular and out of the ordinary to celebrate. I had traveled alone before in the States but had never boarded a plane...

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