All posts tagged: vin santo

Lights on at the Mercato Centrale in Florence for a magic Christmas

The Florentine Mercato Centrale offers in abundance everything grown and produced on fertile soils of Tuscany. If you’re looking for Tuscany’s signature specialty, you can buy Fiorentina for dinner, a sizable, at least one kilo heavy, piece of Chianina beef on the bone. There’s also trippa, aromatic sausages made from boar and donkey, ham and mortadella, lard from Colonnata, mature and young sheep cheese, farmer’s yoghourt, dried boletus mushrooms and, of course, extra virgin cold-pressed olive oil, tangy, with a distinct bitter note. Bakeries sell Tuscan bread, baked without salt, and crispy cantucci with almond. Traditionally you have to deep them in sweet Vin Santo before putting them in your mouth. Of course, it is possible to have snack at the Central Market. Moreover, it is essential to arrive hungry and elbow your way to the queue at Da Nerbone café. Place your order at the bar, and then eat your catch slowly, washing it down with wine from Chianti Classico. Here, the Chianti Classico Company has a wine shop. The Enoteca Chianti Classico is …

The endlessy attractive world of sweet white

Sweet wines are under a cloud these days. The sporty, health-oriented contemporary trend lists them under « forbidden pleasures ». Everything is lumped together : Tokay, Sauternes and various sweetened atrocities. To like the sweet wines is almost bad form, just try to confess it to neophyte connaisseurs who swear by dry wines and Brut. And yet, there is nothing deeper and more philosophical than communicating with an outstanding Vin Santo or Trockenbeerenauslese. This is actually one of the final steps in taste development. After all, we all go through more or less the same motions. At first we like the light sweetish Moscato d’Asti, then the powerful, tannic dry reds from the New World, then we discover the variety of dry whites, then we proceed to the elegant reds enjoying their gravity and balance. And finally, as the spiral makes yet another turn, we are again enchanted by sweet wines, now by those at the top of wine ratings. We find a spot for them, at the end of a dinner, in the unhurried flow of an …