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Sakè: the magic of an oriental ritual

Sakè: the magic of an oriental ritual

Sakè is a Japanese drink made from rice. The main ingredients are rice, water, a mushroom called koji (whose function is to transform rice starch into sugars and thus start fermentation) and natural yeasts similar to those used to make bread. There are various types of sakè. Its alcohol content approaches that of wine, oscillating between 12° and 18°.  Sakè can be drunk cold, at room temperature, or hot, and it is often also served at the end of a meal in oriental restaurants. The different types of sakè differ on the basis of two characteristics: the level of smoothness...

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Sauvignon Blanc and its aromas

Sauvignon Blanc and its aromas

If you smell aromas of gooseberry, cut grass, boxwood leaves, currant leaves, grape leaves, nettle, musk, surely you have a wine produced with Sauvignon Blanc in your glass. If you smell intense aromas of cat urine, green beans or canned peas, you are still in the presence of a Sauvignon, but it is probably not one of the best. In fact, wines with marked green, herbaceous and pungent notes are often obtained from grapes that are harvested too early, ripened “in the shade”, come from an overly productive crop or one grown at high altitudes; on the contrary, wines with...

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Extra Virgin Olive Oil is like flowing gold

Extra Virgin Olive Oil is like flowing gold

When I was in elementary school, I remember one day when the teacher explained the characteristics of the Mediterranean during geography class. Among the things that stayed with us, even just by visual evocation, was that it is an area where olive trees are the masters. Our peninsula (Italy), in particular, with all the microclimates that compose it, has a variety of types of crops that most of us ignore and that offers everyone something that suits their personal taste. It is no mystery that olive oil is a panacea for health. Rich in antioxidants, it slows down cell aging, strengthens the cardiovascular system...

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Passion Fruit aroma

Passion Fruit aroma

The list of TasterPlace aromas expands with another tropical fruit! Tropical fruit is a broad family of aromas, ranging from the best known pineapple and banana, to the most particular and exotic passion fruit, mango, guava, papaya and others. Each fruit has a unique and unmistakable scent. They are fruits known to most, even to those who have never tasted the real fruit, because they are often found in fruit juices, ice creams and sweets. The most interesting tropical aroma present in wines is passion fruit because it represents a varietal aroma typical of some grape varieties. Passion fruit originates from...

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10 curiosities about Prosecco

10 curiosities about Prosecco

1. IT IS THE "NUMBER 1" ITALIAN WINE FOR EXPORTS The number 1 Italian wine for export volumes. It exceeds the consumption of Champagne in some markets! 2. IT IS NOT A GRAPE VARIETY Prosecco wine is made with Glera grapes. The Glera grape variety was called Prosecco until 2009. From 2009 onwards this grape was identified with the name Glera, already synonymous with it, leaving the Prosecco name exclusively to the wine. Prosecco, in its traditional version, can only have a maximum of 15% other specific grape varieties in it. 3. THE NAME OF A CITY The name comes from the city of...

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