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Ciliege sotto grappa (Maraschino Cherries )

Ciliege sotto grappa (Maraschino Cherries )

The name maraschino refers to the marasca cherry of Croatian origin and the maraschino liqueur made from it, in which marasca cherries were crushed and sweetened.

Ciliege sotto grappa (Maraschino Cherries ) 1 kg of cherries, preferably black sour variety, 250g sugar, 1 liter 50* grappa Wash the cherries and cut the stalks, leaving about 3mm, and spread on a tea towel to dry. Put in a jar, add the sugar and cover with grappa. Keep in a cool, dark place […]

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Polenta, baccalà, grappa and music

Polenta, baccalà, grappa and music

as the nights draw in, the bells ringers of Barga enjoy themselves

The bell ringers of Barga, the Campanari, know one of two things about tradition …. after all they are ringing bells each week that are hundreds of years olds in a building which was first put up over 1000 years ago and it’s not just the musical tradition which interests and occupies them but also […]

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Tiglio: polenta dolce, comfort food

Tiglio: polenta dolce, comfort food

Earthquakes, evacuations, fires, unemployment, these are trying modern times. Over millennia European traditions have been established to help hold together the social fabric in times of trouble, harsh weather, famine. Seasonally, whether pagan, secular or religious, often in the form of winter festivals, they served the purpose of solidarity, developing or reinforcing a sense of […]

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Grappa making- last stage of the vendemmia

The grape picking season – the vendemmia which started last month (article here) on most of the vineyards around Barga is now over for 2010. The svinata – moving the crushed grapes after they had started the first fermentation, from the wooden barrels to the glass demijohn took place earlier on this week. The grapes […]

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Grappa making

The grape picking season – the vendemmia which started last month (article here) on most of the vineyards around Barga is now over for 2009. The svinata – moving the crushed grapes after they had started the first fermentation, from the wooden barrels to the glass demijohn took place earlier on this week. The grapes […]

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Last stage of the vendemmia – grappa making

The grape picking season – the vendemmia which started last month (article here) on most of the vineyards around Barga is now over for 2007. The svinata – moving the crushed grapes after they had started the first fermentation, from the wooden barrels to the glass demijohn took place earlier on this week (article here) […]