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Great Italian Drinks for the New Year

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Italians have the great tradition of celebrating the holidays through the Befana, or the Epiphany, the 6th of January. It is the day the kids get their presents and marks the end of a long holiday season. This gives Italian grownups many more reasons to drink, and celebrate, in good company.

Here is a short list of what many sharp Italians will have been drinking over the past two weeks:

Franciacorta: it’s the new Prosecco (more expensive and yeasty with tiny bubbles) Berlucchi is lovely!

A Negroni Sbagliato: swap the gin for Prosecco, it is fizzy and lower alcohol

Moscato di Pantelleria: its rich sweetness is dessert on its own. Try Donnafugata.

Grappa: its great for digestion and favored in Northern climes. Nonino has some amazing variety.

Lambrusco: it pairs so well with the Christmas birds and much more!

Places to try some of these drinks stateside include 1760 on Polk, Uva Enoteca on Haight and the rooftop of the Grand Hotel Timeo in Taorima (does life get any better than that?).

Cin cin,

Liza the Wine Chick

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