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    SPIRITS

    Anisette/Anisetta, a tasty liqueur worth indulging

    Anisette/Anisetta is a sweet but potent liqueur made from aniseseed. Anise, called Anice (pronounced ah-NEE-cheh) in Italian, once grew wild in the Mediterranean and is one of the oldest known spice plants.Anisette is predominantly flavored by the “licorice”-flavored essential oil anethole elaborated from anise seed.Anisette is particularly popular in the Mediterranean region, and different countries have their own versions. The Italian version was born in the town of Ascoli Piceno. There are 2 men and their families who are mostly linked and who have shaped the history of the Italian Anisette/Anisetta: Umberto Rosati and Silvio Meletti. Silvio Meletti, the distiller who introduced Anisetta to the world While Anisetta Rosati is pretty famous…

  • TRAVEL

    Top 3 experiences for a one-day trip to Ascoli Piceno

    Ascoli Piceno is not a big city but it is definitely worth a one-day trip with many interesting experiences to enjoy. Here 3 top activities that will make you want to come again and get more. Remember also to check the best time to visit the city. Some of the links in this post may be an affiliate: if you purchase through them, we will receive a commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you for supporting the website. Sighseeing As many Italian medium-sized cities in the countryside, Ascoli is a place where to stop and just enjoy wandering around. Piazza del Popolo (People’s square) is one of the most…

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    LIFESTYLE

    Drink Italian Day: Celebrate the Italian Style on August 15

    We are proud to announce that Drink Italian Day will be celebrated every year on August 15. DrinkItalian is a love letter to all Italian made beverages. It was created by a group of passionate consumers and industry professionals who want to share the “La Dolce Vita” lifestyle around the world.   Italy is well known for its wine and vineyards, exporting abroad to countries around the world, most importantly the United States. Next to domestic wine, Americans love Italian wine more than any other. Italian wine is the most imported wine by volume in the USA (Data 2019: US Dept of Commerce).  Wine, however, is not the only Italian beverage…

  • TRAVEL

    Top 5 experiences for a one-day trip in Venice

    A one-day trip to Venice must not be enough time to experience everything that the city has to offer. Here 5 top experiences that will make you want to come again and get more. Remember also to check the best time to visit the city. Some of the links in this post may be affiliate: if you purchase through them, we will receive a commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you for supporting the website. Sightseeing tours Most of the time if you have only a few hours in Venice, people prefer to lose themselves in the calli, walking up and down the bridges to get to Saint…

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    DRINKS,  LIFESTYLE

    Drinks to enjoy in Venice

    Bellini, Spritz, Sgroppino are three of the most famous drinks you can enjoy in Venice (or should we call it Venezia?)…Ready to order? Venezia is one of the most amazing cities in the world. And Venetians shaped so much of Italian history with many travels and many books. While you are walking in the calle (the narrow streets along the canals) and you “exercise” by climbing bridges, a healthy thirst may occur 😉 Drinks to enjoy in Venice #1: Prosecco Is there still anybody out there who hasn’t heard of Prosecco? The export of this wine has skyrocketed in the past years and you can find it almost everywhere in…

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    LIFESTYLE,  TRAVEL

    Bacari and Cicchetti: the Aperitivo in Venezia at a fair price

    Bacari and Cicchetti are the true Aperitivo experience in Venezia. The first name refers to the place where people meet, the second one refers to the delicious bite-sized appetizers that are served with the drink. Venezia can’t be imagined: Venezia must be seen and lived!Probably nowhere else in the world has a patrimony of art, architecture, craftsmanship, history, and breathtaking views like you can find in the city in Veneto, in the North East of Italy. History of the city According to tradition, Venice formally came into existence at the stroke of noon on the 25th March, 421 A.D. while the Roman Empire was collapsing and the Barbarians were threatening…

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    SPIRITS

    Botanicals in the Vermouth

    Although Vermouth was born in Italy, most of the botanicals used in this aromatized fortified wine are not typical of Italy, like for example the Wormwood. Let’s discover together the secret of this famous Italian Aperitif. Wormwood / Artemisia Absinthium Every producer has its own proprietary recipe, their own maceration, and extraction process, and a tradition passed generation through generation. Nonetheless, there are some ingredients that must be in the Vermouth recipe. For example, the wormwood, which actually gives the name to this wine: Vermouth comes from the German word Wermut and it means wormwood. Even if wormwood was one of the original and central botanicals of the medicinal wine,…

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    SPIRITS

    Vermouth

    Vermouth is an aromatized, fortified wine flavored with various botanicals (roots, barks, flowers, seeds, herbs, and spices) of which each producer has his own secret recipe. The two styles are dry and sweet. We are working on this Vermouth description. Please come back soon.Send us an e-mail if you are looking for more info at cheers@drinkitalian.com Looking for interesting books about Vermouth and Aperitivi?– Aperitif: A Spirited Guide to the Drinks, History and Culture by Kate Hawkings– Vermouth: A Spirited Revival by Adam Ford Additionally, you can discover other Italian Spirits.

  • WINE

    IGP Spello

    IGP Spello: It is a very interesting apellation from Umbria producing red, white, rose’wines. White Grapes are Albana, Bellone, Biancame, Bombino Bianco, Chardonnay, Falanghina,  Fiano, Friulano, Garganega, Gewürztraminer, Grechetto, Greco, Maceratino, Malvasia, Manzoni Bianco, Montonico Bianco, Moscato, Mostosa, Müller-Thurgau, Passerina, Pecorino, Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Sylvaner Verde, Trebbiano, Verdello, Verdicchio, Vermentino, Vernaccia, Viognier, Welschriesling (Riesling Italico) Red Grapes are Aglianico, Aleatico, Alicante, Barbera, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Canaiolo Nero, Carignano, Cesanese, Ciliegiolo, Dolcetto, Gaglioppo, Gamay, Grechetto Rosso, Lacrima,  Malbec,  Malvasia Nera, Merlot, Montepulciano, Nero d’Avola (Calabrese), Pinot Nero, Primitivo, Rebo, Refosco, Sagrantino, Sangiovese, Syrah, Vernaccia Nera. alcohol level: 10.0% We are working on this IGP Spello appellation description.Please come back soon.Send us an e-mail if you are looking for more info atcheers@drinkitalian.com In the meantime, if you are in the mood for a good book, you can try:– The Modern History of Italian Wine by Walter Filipputti– Hidden Gems of Italy: An Insider’s Secret Formula To Find Top-Class Italian Wines At Value Prices And Taste La Dolce Vita by…

  • WINE

    Verduno Pelaverga / Verduno DOC

    Verduno Pelaverga / Verduno DOC: This is an appellation for only red wines. Red Grapes are Pelaverga Piccolo. Wine Composition: Rosso (Rd): Minimum 85% Pelaverga Piccolo + OANRG. The Minimum alcohol level is 11.0% We are working on this Verduno Pelaverga / Verduno DOC appellation description.Please come back soon.Send us an e-mail if you are looking for more info atcheers@drinkitalian.com In the meantime, if you are in the mood for a good book, you can try:– The Modern History of Italian Wine by Walter Filipputti– Hidden Gems of Italy: An Insider’s Secret Formula To Find Top-Class Italian Wines At Value Prices And Taste La Dolce Vita by Tony Margiotta Additionally, you can discover the other…

  • WINE

    Valsusa DOC

    Valsusa DOC: This is an appellation for only red wines. White Grape is Baratuciat and Red Grapes are Avanà, Barbera, Becuet, Dolcetto, Neretta CuneeseWine Composition: Rosso (Rd): Minimum 60% Avanà, Barbera, Becuet, Dolcetto, and/or Neretta Cuneese + OANRG; Avanà (Rd): Minimum 85% Avanà + OARG; Becuet (Rd): Minimum 85% Becuet + OARG: Novello (Rosso); Baratuciat (Wh): Minimum 85% Baratuciat + OAWG. Minimum alcohol level is 11.0% We are working on this Valsusa DOC appellation description.Please come back soon.Send us an e-mail if you are looking for more info atcheers@drinkitalian.com In the meantime, if you are in the mood for a good book, you can try:– The Modern History of Italian Wine by Walter Filipputti– Hidden Gems of Italy:…

  • WINE

    Valli Ossolane DOC

    Valli Ossolane DOC: It is the Northernmost appellation in Piedmont, close to Valle d’Aosta and the Italian border with France. It includes white wines made with min. 60% Chardonnay and red wines with Nebbiolo and/or Croatina and/or Merlot (min 60%). We are working on this Valli Ossolane DOC appellation description.Please come back soon.Send us an e-mail if you are looking for more info atcheers@drinkitalian.com In the meantime, if you are in the mood for a good book, you can try:– The Modern History of Italian Wine by Walter Filipputti– Hidden Gems of Italy: An Insider’s Secret Formula To Find Top-Class Italian Wines At Value Prices And Taste La Dolce Vita by Tony Margiotta Additionally, you…

  • WINE

    Terre Alfieri DOC

    Terre Alfieri DOC: It is an appellation from Piedmont producing red, white, wines.  White Grape IS Arneis and Red Grape Varieties is Nebbiolo Wine Composition is Arneis (Wh): Minimum 85% Arneis + OANWG; Nebbiolo (Rd): Minimum 85% Nebbiolo + OANRG. The Minimum alcohol level is 11.5% for Arneis or 12.0% if a vineyard is named; 12.5% for Nebbiolo or 13.0% if a vineyard is named We are working on this Terre Alfieri DOC appellation description.Please come back soon.Send us an e-mail if you are looking for more info atcheers@drinkitalian.com In the meantime, if you are in the mood for a good book, you can try:– The Modern History of Italian Wine by Walter…

  • WINE

    Strevi DOC

    Strevi DOC: This is an appellation for only red wines. White Grape is Moscato.  Wine Composition:Passito (WhSw): 100% Moscato Bianco. Minimum alcohol level: 12.5% (20.0% potential); 13.0% if a vineyard is named (20.0% potential) We are working on this Strevi DOC appellation description.Please come back soon.Send us an e-mail if you are looking for more info atcheers@drinkitalian.com In the meantime, if you are in the mood for a good book, you can try:– The Modern History of Italian Wine by Walter Filipputti– Hidden Gems of Italy: An Insider’s Secret Formula To Find Top-Class Italian Wines At Value Prices And Taste La Dolce Vita by Tony Margiotta Additionally, you can discover the other wines from Piedmont.

  • WINE

    Sizzano DOC

    Sizzano DOC: This red wine is produced in the Northern part of Piedmont in the Novara province. It is made with Nebbiolo (min 50%-max 70%) which is called Spanna in that area. It can also include Vespolina and/or Uva Rara (30% to 50%) and other autorized red varieties. We are working on this Sizzano DOC appellation description.Please come back soon.Send us an e-mail if you are looking for more info atcheers@drinkitalian.com In the meantime, if you are in the mood for a good book, you can try:– The Modern History of Italian Wine by Walter Filipputti– Hidden Gems of Italy: An Insider’s Secret Formula To Find Top-Class Italian Wines At Value Prices And Taste…

  • WINE

    Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato DOCG

    Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato DOCG: This is an appellation for only red wines in the region of Piedmont. Red Grape is Ruchè. Wine Composition:Rosso (Rd): Minimum 90% Ruchè; maximum 10% Barbera and/or Brachetto: Riserva (Rosso). The Minimum alcohol level is 12.5% We are working on this Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato DOCG appellation description.Please come back soon.Send us an e-mail if you are looking for more info atcheers@drinkitalian.com In the meantime, if you are in the mood for a good book, you can try:– The Modern History of Italian Wine by Walter Filipputti– Hidden Gems of Italy: An Insider’s Secret Formula To Find Top-Class Italian Wines At Value Prices And Taste La Dolce Vita by Tony…

  • WINE

    Rubino di Cantavenna DOC

    Rubino di Cantavenna DOC: This is an appellation for only red wines in the region of Piedmont. Red Grape is Barbera. Wine Composition for Rosso (Rd) is 75–90% Barbera; 10–25% Freisa and/or Grignolino. Minimum alcohol level is 11.5% We are working on this Rubino di Cantavenna DOC appellation description.Please come back soon.Send us an e-mail if you are looking for more info atcheers@drinkitalian.com In the meantime, if you are in the mood for a good book, you can try:– The Modern History of Italian Wine by Walter Filipputti– Hidden Gems of Italy: An Insider’s Secret Formula To Find Top-Class Italian Wines At Value Prices And Taste La Dolce Vita by Tony Margiotta Additionally, you can…

  • WINE

    Roero DOCG

    Roero DOCG: It is an appellation from Piedmont producing red, white, sparkling wines. White Grape is  Arneis and Red Grape isNebbiolo Wine Composition: Bianco (Wh): Minimum 95% Arneis + OANWG; Riserva (Bianco); Rosso (Rd): Minimum 95% Nebbiolo + OANRG; Riserva (Rosso); Spumante (WhSp, WhSpSw): Minimum 95% Arneis + OANWG. Minimum alcohol level is11.5% for Spumante; 12.0% for Bianco and Bianco Riserva; 12.5% for Rosso and Riserva We are working on this Roero DOCG appellation description.Please come back soon.Send us an e-mail if you are looking for more info atcheers@drinkitalian.com In the meantime, if you are in the mood for a good book, you can try:– The Modern History of Italian Wine by Walter Filipputti– Hidden…


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