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If you are looking for fine Italian wine and food, consider the Lombardy region of northern Italy. You may find a bargain, and I hope that you’ll have fun on this fact-filled wine education tour.
Mountainous Lombardy is located in the north central zone of Italy on the Swiss border. It is one of the few regions of Italy without a seacoast. On the other hand Lombardy is known for its beautiful lakes. Lombardy owes its name to the Lombards, a Germanic people who ruled it and neighboring regions for two hundred years well over a thousand years ago,doudoune moncler. Other rulers included the Celts, the Romans, and the Franks. Its population is 9.4 million, the largest in Italy. In fact, about one of six Italian residents lives in Lombardy.
Lombardy is second to Emilia-Romagna in agricultural production. Among its many agricultural products are rice, wheat, corn, fruits, olives, cattle, pigs, and sheep. Natives still eat more risotto (a rice dish) and polenta (corn bread) than pasta.
The capital of Lombardy’s is Milan, Italy’s financial, fashion, and media center. With a population of 1.3 million, Milan is larger than seven regions of Italy.
Lombardy devotes about 66 thousand acres to grapevines, it ranks 11th among the 20 Italian regions. Its total annual wine production is about 44 million gallons, also giving it an 11th place. About 62% of the wine production is red or rosé, leaving 38% for white. The region produces 15 DOC wines and 3 DOCG wines, Franciacorta, a sparkling wine made in the traditional (Champagne) manner, and 2 red wines; Valtellina Superiore, reviewed below, and Sforzato di Valtellina. DOC stands for Denominazione di Origine Controllata, which may be translated as Denomination of Controlled Origin. The G in DOCG stands for Garantita, but there is in fact no guarantee that such wines are truly superior. Over 47% of Lombardy’s wine carries the DOC or the DOCG designation. Lombardy is home to about four dozen major and secondary grape varieties, approximately three fifths red and two fifths white.
Widely grown international white grape varieties include Pinot Bianco, known as Pinot Blanc outside of Italy, Chardonnay, Trebbiano, and Malvasia. The best known Italian white varieties are Gargena, an Italian variety of Riesling, Renano Italico, and an Italian variety of Trebbiano,moncler pas cher, Trebbiano di Lugana.
Widely grown international red grape varieties include Pinot Noir. The best known strictly Italian red varieties are Barbera, Bonarda, Lambrusco, and a local Nebbiolo called Chiavennasca.
Before we reviewing the Lombardy wine and cheese that we were lucky enough to purchase at a local wine store and a local Italian food store, here are a few suggestions of what to eat with indigenous wines when touring this beautiful region.
Start with Pizzoccheri della Valtellina, Buckwheat Flour Ribbons with Wilted Cabbage, Potatoes, and Mountain Cheese.
For a second course try Ossobuco all Milanese, Braised Veal Shanks with Grenolata (Parsley, Garlic, and Lemon).
And for dessert, indulge in Budino di Pannetone, Pannetone Bread Pudding
OUR WINE REVIEW POLICY While we have communicated with well over a thousand Italian wine producers and merchants to help prepare these articles, our policy is clear. All wines that we taste and review are purchased at the full retail price.
Wine Reviewed
Triaccio ‘Sassela’ Valtellina Superiore 2002 13% alcohol about $16,air jordan.50 DOCG
In his work Codice Atlantico, Leonardo da Vinci described Valtellina, the source of this wine as “A valley surrounded by tall and terrible mountains, it makes really powerful wines.” This area has made wine since the days of the Etruscans and the Ligurians, prior to the ancient Romans. It is the northernmost area for growing the Nebbiolo grape. The wine itself is one of the three DOCG wines in Lombardy.
The marketing materials stated that its nose is quite outspoken, with aromas including mushroom, dried cranberry, and paraffin. It is dry with good fruit, surrounded by supple tannins,The North Face. This medium-bodied wine is recommended with hard cheeses or grilled game birds.
This wine was aged 18 months in large wooden casks and a further 6 months in steel tanks,Jordan Homme. The producer says it can be cellared for 8-10 years and suggests drinking it with pasta of all sorts, air-dried beef, and cheese.
I first tasted this wine with beef ribs. It was round but a bit intimidated by the spicy cumin and curry sauce. Paired with a slow cooked beef and potato stew it handled itself better. It was quite fruity and cut the meal’s grease. It almost tasted like a Beaujolais.
I tried it with two cheeses. Grana Padano is a classic Parmesan-type cheese made for a millennium in northern Italy including the Lombardy region. It is a cylindrical, cooked, semi-fat cheese which matures slowly. It has a grainy consistency and may be sliced or grated. The cheese’s taste is fragrant and delicate. The wine brought out the nutty aspect of the cheese, while intensifying its fruit. It paired well with Pecorino Toscana from Tuscany, two regions south of Lombardy.
Final verdict. I was a bit disappointed with this wine, DOCG is supposed to mean top of the line, and it was not.
Pushchair or a pram, stroller, child carrier as it is commonly called is a mode of transportation of infants or a child. A baby chair is usually used to push new born babies or infants around in a pusher with wheels. A push chair is for children below three years and they usually sit facing forward instead of facing the person pushing the push chair.
The first push chair was designed and created by William Kent. His design was a round shell shaped structure on wheels which were plushy decorated and pulled either by goat or a small pony to carry the Duke of Devonshire. The push chairs were first sold in USA in the year 1830 by Benjamin Potter Crandall. His son innovated on the original designs and developed new models for which he had the patent. He was responsible for introducing brakes in push chairs. He also developed pushchairs that could be folded and had fixtures for an umbrella or a parasol. Baby carriages became very popular and were bought by the English Royalty in the 19th century.
The early pushchairs were made out of wood and had brass fittings. It latter evolved into reversible stroller which was developed by William Richardson. He developed a designed, where the wheels moved on different axis unlike the earlier models which did allow the wheels to move separately. This made pushing the cart easy. Only in early 20th century the pushchairs were made affordable and were available for the common. They came with brakes, they were safer and sturdier.
It was only in 1965 that the prams were made with lighter material like aluminium. The frames were made out of aluminium and came with fitted umbrellas. This made it easier to be transported from one place to another. Pushchair is more an English term rather than an American usage. Push chair usually had the child in a sitting position facing outward away from the person pushing the cart. Pushchairs were developed to hold more than one child. They became extremely popular in 1980s. These pushchairs where collapsible thanks to the aluminium frame used by the designer Maclaren for the buggy he designed,Doudoune North Face. Pushchairs for twins became very popular and only now pushchairs for more than two have been introduced in the market.
There are numerous popular companies that manufacture quality push chairs all around the world. Pushchairs have eased the stress of carrying a child while travelling and increases the scope of taking the child to varied surroundings. Browsing through the net will give lot of ideas on the different kind of pushchairs that are marketed around the world. Most sites come up with offers that slash the price to almost half its market value.
One can be sure to get great deals when they shop online. Pushchairs have made many mothers’ life easier and have made them more mobile. Though in 19th century pushchairs were available only for the royal and the rich, now it has become a must have commodity in any household. People tend to keep the same push chair for all their children as they do not wear out easily.
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