I’m Dreaming of a White Wine Christmas

Italy's best Pinot Grigio ?

For a country that produces some of the most popular and widely-drunk white wines in the world, Italians have a curious reluctance to drink very much of it themselves. The latest figures - for 2013 - show that Italy actually produced more white wine (53%) than red (47%), with the bulk of it drunk … [Read more...]

Christmas Wines Part One – Fizzies. Stickies. And A Drop Of The Hard Stuff.

Pink, fizzy Brachetto D'Acqui

In the three remaining Italian wine notes of the year, I thought I’d give you a few ideas for good - and good value - Italy inspired Christmas drinking. Last time out, I told you how you could rustle-up a particularly good home-made Limoncello that’s perfect as a festive gift for friends and … [Read more...]

La Befana Appears in Tuscany

La Befana

Throughout my life, until I came to Barga in Tuscany, New Year's Day marked the end of the Christmas season; all bar the clearing up that is. January 6th (Epiphany) was merely the traditional day to take down all the decorations and, by then, life had already returned to its routines. However, in … [Read more...]

Christmas Crackers in Tuscany

What are these??? Photo Jenny Mead

Although we have just spent our fourth Christmas in Barga, it was our first Italian one. We were invited to join our good friends, Alberta and Giuliano, plus members of their extended family; an invitation we accepted with alacrity. We also used this opportunity to introduce our Italian friends to … [Read more...]