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Vin Santo – The Holy Wine from Tuscany

Vin Santo is a traditional Tuscan wine that is not only made commercially, but also on farms and in people’s homes. It’s a rich, sweet wine that got its name (Vin Santo means 'holy wine') as it used to be used by the priest in Holy Communion. Halfway between wine and whiskey, this almondy, caramelized sweet wine is some of the most distinctive after-dinner wines found in Italy. Traditionally, you might also ...

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Christmas Time in Italy – Panettone & Pandoro, as yummy as they look!

Panettone and pandoro are both Christmas staple throughout Italy: delicious and yummy as they do look, those traditional Italian sweet yeast breads, most popular around Christmas and other special occasions. Let's present these two Italian, Christmas stars! Panettone, the tall, cylindrical (usually taller than broad, with its hallmark domed shape), fruit-filled sweet bread has graced Christmas tables in Mil ...

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Have you ever noticed, during wintertime, people eating roasted chestnuts, picking them from sheets of yellow paper, bought along the road in the center of Florence? Have you ever tried this particular kind of finger food? The humble, sweet chestnuts have long played an important part in Italian history and its related diet. Throughout the centuries, chestnut cultivation spread throughout the Itallian penin ...

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