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Italian Wine: The pinot grigio effect

Italian white wines have taken over  consumer affection. Indeed, for the first time in decades, sales show that French and American wines have stepped down after dominating the British drinkers’ habits.

People seem to very much  enjoy the pinot grigio. Apparently, the Italian white wine has become the default choice in UK kitchens. Sales show that  Pinot Grigio now accounts for 40% of UK sales. That makes it the third most popular grape variety, after the Chardonnay and the Sauvignon blanc.

Why this Italian success? The reasons are highly sensible to how much cheaper its wines are compared to others. According to the Daily Telegraph, an average Italian wine in Britain is £4,23 where a French wine compares to an approximate £5,11 average.

So what will it be:  Gnocchi and Pinot Grigio this summer?

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Fancy a glass of British wine?

Around the Mediterranean Sea, people enjoy their Rosé chilled. It usually accompanies a warm night and a cool meal. Think fish, think Gnocchi and fish!

Rosé is produced in  Southern Europe, as in France, Italy and Spain. What was my surprise this morning, when I discovered that the pink  wine was also produced not far from London.

Apparently, the Surrey hillsides can claim  to producing the best Rosé in the world. Indeed, the Chalk Ridge Rose 2010, from the denbies estate, won the International Wine Challenge. In the world’s  most influential competition, the UK wine bet 360 challengers from 21 countries. I’m very impressed, indeed!

Adding to the medal attributed to the UK,  another was earned by a vineyard located in Kent. At Chapel Down they are proud to produce excellent englishwine, and the IWC Gold award congratulated their achievements. Did you know that its Sparkling Rose Vintage Reserve Brut was served  at the Royal wedding?

So, with your gnocchi this summer, will you not fancy a glass of British Rosé?

I know I will!

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Italian delights

After a gnocchi delight, ending the meal with a tiny cup of coffee adds just the right touch. However, in terms of skills  an Englishman is not well known for his  coffee making.  No wonder shops, such as Starbucks, Nero and Costa, are spreading like mad in this country.

I am always very loyal to my black Americano. Though I do take it with a dash of milk in the morning, I don’t really enjoy it any other way. On the other hand, everyone else seems very excited to have it with caramel, chocolate, cream, ice and even fruit. Indeed, every time I step into a coffee shop, it seems that a new variety has made its entrance in the fabulous and luscious world of “coffee drinks”.

Going back to the genuine way of enjoying one’s coffee, are we all queuing up unknowingly toward putting an end to what coffee culture really is? In Italy, there are know how’s and don’ts:

  • One of them is that milky drinks such as Macchiattos, Lattes and Cappuccinos should always be had in the morning, never after lunch.
  • One should always sit up when having his cup of brownish delight. That said it makes me think that le café francais and its pleasurable terraces must make many Italian’s frown.
  • One should never ask for an espresso. If you do so in Italy, apart from your accent, everyone will know you are a tourist. Espresso means “coffee dose” so ask for a caffee instead.

Hum, hum what to make of this?

Let’s say we are in England and the world is moving on to improve and disapprove. Freedom of choice means having our coffee the way we like. Indeed, that’s what it is.

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