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Let’s cure ourselves with food and let’s do it with pleasure

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Curcumablack pepper, peperoncino, cumin ……these are some surprising spices with virtues, from soothing to stimulating, even from a sexual point of view

spices

spices

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A long time herbs and spices were the only remedy for illnesses. Monks and apothecaries used them knowledgeably, then their use became connected to the world of magic and the trust one had in them was substituted with doubts. On the other hand the Chinese and the Indians have continued using them in abundance, and with often surprising results.

It is consequently very useful to

Pharmacy in 1600

Pharmacy in 1600

know which effects on our body the spices have, those which sometimes inadvertently we put in our food and drinks. In any case without herbs and spices our food would not have the same charm and pleasantness in its taste.

  • Curcuma is the queen of healing with 50 therapeutic virtues. It is an excellent anti-inflammatory. In India added to milk and butter it is used as a cough remedy. Over here it is present in the spray versions of nose decongestants. Its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-stress proprieties are useful also as a shield against cancer.
  • Cumin prevents cancer and cures diabetes and osteoporosis tank to its ample contents of PhytoestrogensRead more…

The fiasco modified becomes a Dame-Janine

Dame Janine is a female fiasco, designed by a French artist called Clet Abraham, the Street art artist, and Ruffino will make 6000 of them

Dame-Janine Ruffino wine fiasco

Dame-Janine Ruffino wine fiasco

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The Tuscan fiasco, the first protagonist of the success and most of all, o f the exporting of Chianti, has a second youth.  Other than the Museum created by the Bartolozzi family, now there is an artistic restyling commissioned by Ruffino for its Chianti Superiore 2012. A great 5 star vintage for the most prestigious denomination of the Chianti appellations and a striking packaging . The fiasco gets its female version, it turns up-side-down and resembles a human face. The name Dame Janine recalls the French for Lady Jane but is a clear reference to the  damigiana, demijohn, the straw covered container similar and larger than a fiasco. It was greatly used inTuscany to transport and preserve wine up until 50 years ago.

So a game in a game where the protagonist is Clet Abraham the  famous Street art artist, the most transgressive and suprising of them all. Born in  Rennes  he now lives in Florence and he got into the newspapers by hacking street signs all over Europe, injecting a little humour into the mundane commute, being provocative such as the Christ on a Cross on a “Dead end “ sign, that created a revolt among Catholics (me included) . His most

Gianluca Monaci with Dame Janine

Gianluca Monaci with Dame Janine

extraordinary action was carried out on the night of January 19th2011 where on the  Ponte alle Grazie inFlorence, he positioned a sculpture of a “Piccolo uomo nero” small black man, committing suicide in theArno river. This action wanted to be a polemic warning to the ex position in Palazzo Vecchio, in the  Studiolo di Francesco I,heart of the Florentine government, of a skull covered in diamonds –value of  100 million – rcreated by Damien Hirst. As if to say … in fro of such contempt for death and poverty, an orinary man con do nothign else but jump off a brige. In the end I suppose Clet is right.

The renewal of the fiasco by such an artist it is an act of bravery,  but also an important contribution. The glass container with straw all around was used in Tuscany since the Middle Age. You can find references in Boccaccio’s Decameron and in paintings by Botticelli and Ghirlandaio. In the second half of the 18th century it eased Chianti wine exportation thanks to its distinctive character and the straw  that protected the glass from breaking. Its image has long remained tied to that of low price Italian wine which was the first to be exported from our country. Read more…


The 10 most expensive whiskies in the world

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The bottle of whisky that costs the most fetches 121.451 Dollars but the first 10 give an average price between  32 and 10.000$ and they are all single malt Scotch

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the-macallan-lalique-60-year-old-single-malt-scotch-whisky-speyside-highlands-scotland

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Think of a hall in a castle with a lit fire in the fireplace, carpets on the wooden floors and book cases which reach the ceiling, think of after dinner time in the smoking-room … think of a butler who serves you with white gloves, on a silver tray, a bottle of The Macallan Lalique that is 60 years old containing a single malt Scotch Whisky  Speyside –Highlands.  And now imagine the sensual aroma coming from the amber coloured liquid in your glass. Well, you have in your glass 2.700$ of the most expensive whisky in the world!!!

This is only a dream obviously, only English Lords, sheiks, petrol tycoons and the likes can afford such experiences, but we remain curious so we discover a list of the 10 whiskies for the super rich proposed by Wine

Charlie-Whitfield-The-Macallan-2011

Charlie-Whitfield-The-Macallan-2011

Searcher the portal that collects the prices from 47.000 stores from all over the world. The list of the 10 most expensive whiskies is built on the average prices but the most impressive thing is the maximum prices, there is someone selling Glenfiddich ‘Rare Collection at 121.451 Dollars
• The Macallan Lalique 60 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Speyside – Highlands
• The Macallan Lalique 62 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Speyside – Highlands
• Gordon & MacPhail Generations Glenlivet 70 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Speyside
• Glenfiddich 50 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Speyside
• Glenfiddich ‘Rare Collection’ Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Speyside
• Glenfarclas John Grant 60 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Speyside
• The Macallan Fine & Rare Vintage Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Speyside – Highlands
• The Macallan Select Reserve Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Speyside – Highlands
• Highland Park 50 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Orkney
• Ardbeg Special Release Double Barrel 33 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Islay

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Will the future sommelier be a robot?

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This machine comes from the Aarhus University in Denmark, it tastes wine as if it were a human mouth, but however requests for sommeliers increase

human tasting

human tasting

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Please do not laugh, the AarhusUniversityis among the 100 top universities in the world (our first one is Bologna 150th position), it has 32.000 students and is the second university inDenmark. So lets consider the thing with the upmost respect.  It seems that the SPR technology – surface plasmon resonance – that uses optical sensors to calculate the level of tannins in wine and simulate even the effect of saliva. In fact according to the Danes their sensors are better than the human palate because more objective.

This research has been published by the scientific magazine ACS Nano creating a turmoil in the world of wine tasters. This artificial tongue does not really substitute the real sommelier because  2/3 of the

electronic sommelier

electronic sommelier

perception of the quality of a wine is found in its symbolic values: the 1000 years of the  Romanée Conti vineyard, the Petrus served at Queen Elizabeth’s wedding banquet and at the White House by Kennedy, the Mouton labels autographed by some of the greatest contemporary artists, or the female Brunello from Casato Prime Donne  …. The Sommelier knows the vintages, the great stories, and the little bits of gossip … in other words he can transform a wine tasting into an unforgettable experience made to measure for each consumer, things that the robot cannot do. Not to mention the uncorking rite! However the new method will have useful applications in  medical diagnosis and this is good news.

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Flying wines

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These are the characteristics of wines to be consumed while in flight according to the Master of Wine and world champion Sommelier Markus Del Monego and our Andrea Gori

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First Class dining

First Class dining

The starting point is a brief article by Andrea Gori who comments positively the choices made by Airlines regarding wines << it is really difficult, at least in first class and business class, to not find specialities that have great value>>. In fact to capture and render faithful the frequent flyers it is necessary to also offer them wine experiences which gratify them and surprise them especially during long transatlantic flights.

Lufthansa and Air France have asked advice of two world champion sommeliers: Markus Del Monego, winner in 1998 and Olivier Poussier, winner in 2000, who will create for the Airlines some onboard cabinets, where the contents will be changed every couple of months. The German airlines keep an eye on trends and specialized press opinions, then they select the bottles though a blind tasting so as not to influence the opinion of the tasters with brand name or appellation. The wines apt for consumption while on board must have low acidity or very soft tannins. Those with a slight residual sugar level are fine, as those with high alcohol content, as these two elements are not at all perceived whilst in flight. Criteria which correspond to the requests of the very clever Andrea Gori <<fresh young wines that are very intense in taste and in the aroma>>.

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