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Course: Tuscany

Class 1: Tuscany and Sangiovese



Although wine lovers around the world agree that wine and food go together, many spend inordinate amounts of time figuring out the best combinations. On the other hand, Italians know that their wines are simply made to be enjoyed with food.

When drinking Tuscan wines, look for some of these traditional Tuscan dishes:

Bistecca alla fiorentina   grilled beef made with white cattle from the Valley of Chiana, which is in Montepulciano


Pane Toscano    bread made without salt

Crostini   crisp pieces of bread with a range a toppings

Ribollita    soup with bread

Panzanella    salad with bread

Fagioli    white beans

Conniglio   Rabbit

Antara   Duck

Cinghiale   Boar

Pecorino Toscano    sheep's milk cheese


Pairing Principles

When it comes to pairing food with Sangiovese, there are four basic factors you should keep in mind:

  1. Body or Weight
  2. Tannins
  3. Flavors
  4. Age


Body or...

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