Cantuccini and Vin Santo
Cantuccini biscuits and Da Vinci Vin Santo
A perfect paired gift
I was reminded, on a recent trip to Italy, what a delightful way to end a meal is with a glass of Vin Santo and some Cantuccini biscuits. Doubly delightful when you consider that dunking the biscuits in the wine is not only perfectly permissible, but actually a requirement.
Then, wandering around the M&S food hall I came across this pretty gold box of Cantuccini biscuits, which made me think what an elegant Christmas present it would make. I hurriedly scoured the wine section and happily found their perfect partner – a bottle of Da Vinci Vin Santo. So here you have either a small individual gift or a great paired gift. In fact, if you feel you would like to make the present more personal, you could make your own Cantuccini biscuits using Delia’s recipe wrap them in tissue paper in a nice box and give them with the Vin Santo.
Cantuccini are almond biscuits, which have been twice baked, as in Delia’s recipe, and originated in Prato in Tuscany. Vin Santo, or holy wine, is an Italian dessert wine, also originating in Tuscany but now found throughout Italy. Its name most probably came from the fact that it was used in the celebration of Mass. It is made from grapes that have been dried on straw mats, which increases the sugar level of the wine. This stylish one comes from the town of Vinci just outside Florence, and the birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci.
A great gift. A great way to end a dinner party.
Da Vinci Vin Santo
£20 - 50cl bottle
Italian Cantuccini biscuits
£3 - 170g pack
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