vin santo

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An Italian dessert wine—literally ‘holy wine’—made from semi-dried Trebbiano and Malvasia grapes. It is glowingly golden to look at, but not necessarily sweet; semi-sweet and dry versions are made. Almond biscuits called cantucci are traditionally eaten with it. It gets its name from the fact that it is by custom racked off its lees in Holy Week, when the atmospheric pressure caused by the phase of the moon is deemed to be most propitious.

Subjects: Cookery, Food, and Drink.

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