The Amazing Olive Oil and Wonderful Wines of Tuscany

By: Serenella Leoni

The olive oil and wine that are an integral part of every Tuscan meal are world-famous. The green, extra virgin oils from the frantoio (press) – many from limited production farms or homemade – are from a six-thousand-year-old tradition and of the highest quality. Tuscany is a protected geographical cultivation for olive oil.? The oil produced in the region is of such a high degree it has been given its own label of origin, in the same way as renowned wines are defined.

Tuscany’s full and mellow wines abound in the lush vineyards weighted with richly heavy grape clusters. Italy was called “Enotria" (land of wine) by the ancient Greeks. Upon arriving in Italy, the Greeks found that Etruscans had been producing wine from wild grapes for (literally) ages. Nowhere is Enotria more evident than in Tuscany, the heart of Etruscan civilization and the heart of winemaking. It seems that every spare inch of the region, whether in the verdant plains on the sloping hills or by the tranquil sea has found a way to grow luscious grapes.? Wines such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Brunello and the sought-after Super Tuscans (new blends made in an international style and often containing grape varieties, like cabernet, not found in classic Chianti wines) immediately come to mind; but that is just the beginning:? An in-depth exploration of Tuscany will take you on an enological tour of discovery and reveal the passion and spiritual awe that Tuscans feel for all that they love.

The point is not to over-indulge; the point is to experience the wine along with the perfect food pairing.? A Vin Santo (sweet dessert wine) with biscotti at the end of a multi-course meal is a well-known classic. The most fortunate, most explorative wanderers may also run across a Vino da Meditazione (Meditation Wine) and be offered a glass.? Ideally, this contemplative experience requires adequate time and tranquility of the soul. These exceptional wines are generally sweet wines, to be savored in a calm, reflective setting that respects their complex composition and outstanding quality.? The flavors slowly unfold and transfer from the glass to the palate over an extended period of time.? Acquaint all your senses to the wine. To live life alla Toscana, you cannot rush.

The meditative wines are simply an example of Tuscan life at its best.? The pride,passion, love and attention to the blending and balance of a series of detailsare transferred from the wine maker to the wine taster.? How cruel it would be to rush through a precious tasting of Meditation Wine, through a lovingly prepared meal, through a beautifully arranged art gallery or through any worthwhile activity without enjoying each separate, important piece and moment of the experience!

Some fear the Tuscan way of life is in danger; that fast food and fast living will destroy the thousands of years of tradition, life style and philosophy that produced greatness in this exceptional land.? Others believe that the Tuscan spirit and way of life are too entrenched and strong to change.

It is no accident that Tuscany is a key participant in the Slow Food and Slow City movements pioneered in Italy. These movements are based on ecologically conscious principles and organic foods.? They focus on preserving the traditional and distinctive quality of life enjoyed in the smaller cities and towns, emphasizing the rich cultural, culinary and artistic local traditions of each community.

Tuscany remains therapeutic, spiritually vibrant and transformational. When your heart is open and ready, Tuscany will abundantly fill it with wondrous feelings.? If you want your life to be fuller, more satisfying, balanced, passionate and joyful, try living like a Tuscan.

The combination of sounds is unique: the mellifluous singing of the birds, like the harmonizing of a thousand flutes, seems more serene; the occasional sounds of lively conversation, resonating arguments or lilting laughter fill the air and mix in with the cacophony of the speeding Vespe forming the soundtrack of your mind’s Italian memories. Visit http://www.ToscanaMia.biz? to learn more about travelling to TuscanyFree Reprint Articles, Italy.

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