All-natural Amaretto you Must try!!

Distillery Bepi Tosolini, considered one of Italy’s best grappa distillers, has created a selection of tasty, all-natural liqueurs, anything from coffee to liquorice to strawberry and this beautiful Amaretto. Ingredients are sourced mainly locally in Friuli or nearby. Distillery Bepi Tosolini started as a grappa distillery in 1943, but over the years they have extended […]

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10 Most popular posts in 2016

I have had a very exciting and busy year, and thanks to all my readers and followers, I have had enough motivation and courage to keep on writing. Whilst you are probably enjoying a well-earned Christmas holiday I thought it would be a great time for us to recap some of the most popular posts […]

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Bepi Tosolini – For the Love of Grappa and Family

After my first experiences in 2015 I had a chance to visit another grappa distillery in the heart of the Friulian foothills – the distillery Bepi Tosolini. Since the first trip in this region my interest increased further towards the production of grappa, which takes place in such a short, intense window each year. Grappa is such a […]

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Grappa Production in Pictures

The grappa harvest takes place as soon as the grapes have become ripe enough, in order to obtain fresh vinaccia. The freshness of the vinaccia is the key of making a top quality grappa. The grapes are then destemmed and softly pressed, in order to separate the must (this is used to make wine) from […]

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Drink Like a Sardinian

Whilst Paolo, 27, from Sardinia, was teaching me how to drink Caffe Corretto properly we discussed traditional Italian drinking habits, anything from the making of grappa to the well-known Aperol Spritz. What are your first memories of spirits and alcohol growing up in Italy? I remember both my father and his father, my grandfather, distilling their […]

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How to Drink It – The Perfect Serve

Women are getting more into drinking spirits, and we spend a lot of time finding the spirits we like, yet we’re often still unsure how to serve them properly. Clearly, there are several ways you can use most spirits and people have different preferences. I have listed some basic rules you should consider when making […]

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Vienna: Schnaps, Markets and Smoky Bars

Schnaps You can’t go to Vienna, or anywhere in Austria for that matter, without seeing people enjoying Schnaps*. Schnaps is a strong spirit, usually from fruit such as apricot, pear, cherries or plum. In Austria, Schnaps is defined as distilled fruit brandy, similar to French calvados (made from apples). Most of them are around 35–42% […]

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Delicious Grappa cocktails

Fancy something different? Here are some great alternative cocktails using Grappa as the main spirit – the recipes are based on Nonino products; however, if you wish to replace it with another high-quality Grappa make sure you get the correct grape variety as the flavours can be very different. Antonella (I have slightly changed the measures as […]

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Grappa – Moonshine or Just Fine?

Italian Grappa is taken like French Brandy or Spanish Sherry, but remains very much in their shadow as it is considered by many to be nothing more than branded moonshine. Italian restaurants all over the world serve this spirit made from leftovers, the vinaccia from wine production. This in itself doesn’t mean it has to be rubbish; […]

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