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In September 2011 I was lucky enough to be studying Italian in Umbria at the University for Foreigners in Perugia, just a two or three hour train ride from nearly anywhere in Tuscany. One lucky day I got an email from my friend Edoardo Dilaghi, owner of Allegretti, inviting me to help with the harvest. Here's a collection of images from that weekend, mixed with a few from an earlier trip to the vineyard.  It was a ton of fun and good hard work. We were all well rewarded with some incredible wines and amazing meals put together by Mama....

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$30, 4 bottles, bag in box, barbecue, bbq, box wine, charcoal, Deals, grill, Healthy, Inspiration, intruso, monastrell, pairing, picos de garay, pork, spain, spanish, summer, Under $30, Wine -

Barbecue Season is Here: Stock Accordingly In my lengthy experience as a backyard barbecue enthusiast I have always struggled to find the perfect match for the glorious charcoal infused fruits of my labor. Beer is always a solid choice but I want more from my meal and I want it delicious and I want it priced right. Well, this fun-time-grilling-guy has found his cookout darling.  3 Liters of Monastrell Magic   Not only fully certified Organic, this wine comes packed in a BPA free, recyclable bag-in-box that carries FOUR bottles worth of wine. Even the spigot is 100% BPA free...

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Pesticides/Herbicides/Fungicides... The traditional knowledge popularized since WWII has been that you can't live without 'em. Used in all areas of agricultural production, treatment with strong and largely experimental chemicals has been status quo. Nowadays we're beginning to realize you can't live [a full, healthy, or responsible life] with 'em.  Image Courtesy: Ethicalwine.com A recent study by the EXCELL Laboratory in Bordeaux has found pesticides or fungicides in 90% of 2009 and 2010 wines tested. Ranging from a single type of chemical compound to up to nine unique chemicals, there is damning evidence of mismanagement in the vineyard.  "Vineyards represent just 3%...

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Biodynamic, Diet, Healthy, Histamine, Safe Wine, Sulfites -

Sulfites are a big subject of discussion in the wine world. While they're essential to winemaking and give wine its shelf life, they're demonized for wine related headaches to rashes, shortness of breath and a range of other ailments.  It's commonly thought that sulfites are the primary cause of headaches when drinking wine. This may be true for a tiny percentage of people but it's been largely disproven. Tannins, Alcohol, Latent Histamine  and even the placebo effect are all more likely culprits.  The truth is that the jury is still out on the total health effects of sulfites. They're used in...

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