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Can We Get A Sustainable Recovery of Travel and Tourism?

Can We Get A Sustainable Recovery of Travel and Tourism?


The concept of travel has gone through a fundamental change due to the last few years of the pandemic. We are talking before and after the pandemic a bit like BC and AC. 2019 feels like an eternity ago when things were totally different compared to now. The pandemic has indeed had an out-of-the-ordinary impact on travel reaching the lowest point in over 25 years in 2020. In fact, we have to go back to WWII to find a similar unsteady situation for the travel industry. Last year saw a steady recovery for travel and tourism, reaching almost 60% of… read more
The Pyramid of Quality for Italian Wines.

The Pyramid of Quality for Italian Wines.


Let's face it, it is never easy to navigate the world of wine with labels. The various traditional mentions that characterize wines are organized in such a way as to constitute a veritable "Pyramid of Quality." "Since 2008, this has been overlaid with the European Classification, with the aim of harmonizing national classifications and those relating to different commodities into a rationally homogeneous system." (cit. quattrocalici.it) Table Wines (TDCs). At the base of the pyramid we then find the Table Wines (VdT). On the label the production lot, the volume of the container, the bottler's data, the place of bottling… read more
Very Unusual and Fascinating Ways To Age Wine

Very Unusual and Fascinating Ways To Age Wine


Wine is a fascinating beverage but even more so when it is connected to a captivating story about its aging process. In general, wine is matured and aged in a winery or wine cellar where the environment is silent, without vibrations, and is set to a constant temperature. Well, some wine producers stress that music can heighten aging conditions. But what about other environments for the aging of wine? In recent years, several wine producers have started to experiment with aging their wines in the sea, in the lake, in the mountains, or, more historically, on the roof. Is it a… read more
Sounds and Wine tasting.  The Experience 360°

Sounds and Wine tasting. The Experience 360°


The 360-degree experience Tasting Rooms around the world are increasingly becoming opportunities for experimentation and emotional involvement. Of vital importance is role of the sound experience. Music in fact has the ability to stimulate the parts of the brain responsible for the release of dopamine, which plays a key role in generating a sense of well-being. In fact, other types of sounds, foremost among them white noise, can also promote relaxation and total immersion in the product. What is White Noise and why use it in Blind Tasting? "White noise contains all frequencies of the audible sound spectrum, equally: for… read more
How Long Does Unopened Red Wine Last? | Monte Maggio

How Long Does Unopened Red Wine Last? | Monte Maggio


How Long Does Red Wine Last Unopened? Some things in life, such as wine, cheese, and even people, get better with age—even if the expiry dates vary. Although an unopened bottle of wine can still be good to drink after the expiry date, it won’t last forever. This begs the question how long does red wine last unopened? You wouldn’t be the first person to wonder whether that dusty old bottle of red at the back of your cellar or wine cupboard is still OK to drink. And you certainly won’t be the last. Find out how long you can… read more
Personal Chef Elena Morlacchi Creates A Very Special Recipe for Thanksgiving

Personal Chef Elena Morlacchi Creates A Very Special Recipe for Thanksgiving


There is less than a week to Thanksgiving which is one of the most - if not the most - important holidays in the US. This year, it is predicted to be a Thanksgiving like no other after more than two years of the pandemic that restricted the possibility for families to meet up and celebrate. In Italy, where there are a lot of American ex-pats, Thanksgiving is also celebrated widely. We asked the personal chef Elena Morlacchi, who was one of the contestants in Masterchef 11 in Italy, to create a Thanksgiving recipe for us. We will then do… read more
The Harvest of 2022 Has Exceeded the Expectations Despite Climate Adversity

The Harvest of 2022 Has Exceeded the Expectations Despite Climate Adversity


The harvest of 2022 has been named a vintage beyond expectations by the Italian producers themselves. The reports from Alto Adige in the north to Sicily in the south all say the same things, i.e. that the climate crisis has not affected the quality of the grapes too much. However, we are now in an era where we have to get used to extreme weather conditions and learn how to navigate them. At Fattoria di Montemaggio, the harvest is still going on and we are going to look closer at the conditions and results so far. We will also make… read more
How Yeast Is Essential For The End-Result of Wine

How Yeast Is Essential For The End-Result of Wine


Wild or cultured yeast. What is the deal with the type of yeast used for the fermentation of grapes? Is wild fermentation just a risky business or is the use of cultured yeast too standardized? Is there a difference in the end result? Some say there is not while others claim that wild yeast is the only way. Today, the discussion is more alive than ever with the concepts of organic, biodynamic, regenerative viticulture, low-intervention winemaking, and what else, not to use the over-hyped word “natural”. Let us take a closer look at yeast strains and their importance for winemaking.… read more
How the Return of Flavescenza Dorata Threatens the Vineyards in Tuscany

How the Return of Flavescenza Dorata Threatens the Vineyards in Tuscany


Flavescenza dorata is wreaking havoc in many vineyards in Italy again. Even though climate change is not the only reason behind the return of this disease, the change in climate is affecting us all more and more leading to tropical-like weather with severe heat waves, drought followed by torrential rains, vine diseases, and much more. The “rules of winemaking” are changing, vineyards are being planted at high altitudes and in northern countries, and the European Union now allows the use of hybrid grapes to come to terms with climate change. (See the article Meet Four Women at the Forefront of… read more
Chianti vs Chianti Classico DOCG: Everything you need to know in a nutshell

Chianti vs Chianti Classico DOCG: Everything you need to know in a nutshell


How many times at our favorite Wine Shop have we paused to read labels looking for the perfect Sangiovese straight from our beloved Tuscany and utter confusion has taken over us? Sangiovese is the main grape of Chianti and its subregions.   Where everything started Native to central Italy (specifically the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines), this red grape combines high acidity with medium tannins, as well as balanced flavors and aromas of red cherries, earthy notes and blood. It is grown in areas with a native soil mainly called galestro (similar to stony marl and schist), where the climate offers cool nights… read more