Almost all Italian wine regions have a wonderful tradition of “medicinal wine” used to restore strength to new mothers, to accelerate healing in those who are suffering from a bad flu, and to nourish old people.
Vinegar is an ancient cooking ingredient, but nowadays it is most often underrated and misunderstood. There are people who consider vinegar simply a 'wine gone bad,’ some who use it only as a seasoning for vegetables, and even some who hate its acidity. However, it is an asset that can give a touch of personality and originality to many dishes.
Visiting the oldest and most prestigious wine-growing areas in Europe, it’s entirely possible to run into very old vines interplanted with different red and white varieties. In these situations, the owner might not even have identified all the grapes in his vineyard.
San Miniato is a delightful town in the province of Pisa, in Tuscany, however, the wines of this small area suffer from the weighty presence of much more famous Tuscan appellations like Chianti.