Unravelling Italian Culture & Re-creating the Tuscan experience at Home
Tuscany has long been recognised as one of the leading food drink and culture regions of not only Europe but the entire globe. The region’s capital, Florence, is world-renowned for its reputation as being one of the heartlands of the renaissance era. Twinned with this iconic cultural reputation is the immense passion Tuscans and Italians have for their food and drink.
Flowing through the city streets and Tuscan foothills is an appreciation for all the pleasures food and drink can offer. This approach to the pleasures of food and drink is not one of gluttony and greed, but one of the carefully thought-out pairings and subtle recipe choices. Nowhere is this subtlety seen more apparent than in the Italian approach to drinks.
From coffee to prosecco, aperitifs to digestives and matching foods with wine, there is a method that borders on a science to the Italian approach to quaffing. Certain rules of thumb are to be followed in Italy, and these rules only enhance a drinker’s experience: an experience that Kolibri captures in its Tales of Tuscany.
As we unravel this Tuscan-Italian approach to beverages, we uncover rituals that show food and drink are more than just dinnertime nourishment to the serious diner. Let us take the Italian aperitif, for example, a low-alcoholic white wine, vermouth, amontillado or Aperol - a variety of complex flavours all designed to get those stomach digestive juice going before a meal.
Much more than a chemical inducing appetiser, these aperitifs should be uniquely matched with certain foods to bring the best out of them both. The paring of aperitifs such as vermouth with foods including olives, prosciutto and even spiedini, are the perfect complement to each other. The earthy rustic tones of these Italian appetisers and aperitifs are what truly make Italian and Tuscan food culturally what is it.
Taking inspiration from the Tuscan’s, Kolibri’s range of drinks are a match made in gourmet heaven. The notes of juniper and grains of paradise in Kolibri’s Tales of Tuscany mimic the flavours of your typical Italian aperitifs and can replace these alcoholic choices seamlessly.
Taking the coffee culture of Italy, something that some may argue is quintessentially Italian; there are again certain rituals and rules that only enhance the drink. The ‘no cappuccino after 11’ rule, followed because a milky drink is seen as too heavy for the rest of the day—the ‘coffee killer’, a digestive that you drink only after your after-dinner espresso.
All these rules and rituals marry perfectly into the rhythm of the Tuscan and pan-Italian approach to not only food, but life. Where everything follows a diurnal rhythmic heartbeat, allowing you to be one with everything around you, be that your family, the food, or the rolling hills of the Chiana Valley.