Fall 2014 Travel Update

If you’re wondering what I’ve been up to the last couple of months, well, this is it.

WSET Level 3 book
WSET Level 3 book

Hittin’ the books again! Studying for the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Level 3.

Well that … and this …

Amalfi Coast, September 2014
Amalfi Coast, September 2014

I’m generating stories for you guys. Here is a little preview.

In September I travelled to the Amalfi Coast and Campania in search of Aglianico, Fiano, Falanghina, Greco, and any other esoteric grape I could get my hands on.

Sciascinoso, a red grape from Campania.
Sciascinoso, a red grape from Campania.
Campania countryside, September 2014.
Campania countryside, September 2014.
Aglianico del Taburno, September 2014.
Aglianico del Taburno, September 2014.
Inside Mastroberardino, September 2014.
Inside Mastroberardino, September 2014.
Tasting Aglianico.
Tasting Aglianico.

Then I headed up to Piemonte for a couple of weeks to check on the 2014 harvest, taste what 2010 Baroli haven’t been snatched up by the masses, preview some 2011s, hang with friends, and discover new producers.

Nebbiolo in Barolo, 2014.
Nebbiolo in Barolo, 2014.
Harvest at Mauro Veglio with Mauro and Roberto, October 2014.
Harvest at Mauro Veglio with Mauro and Roberto, October 2014.
Harvest at Elio Grasso, October 2014.
Harvest at Elio Grasso, October 2014.
Tasting what I harvested three years ago, at Renato Corino.
Tasting what I harvested three years ago, at Renato Corino.
Old school fermentation vessel at Burlotto, October 2014.
Old school fermentation vessel at Burlotto, October 2014.
New visit! Pietro Rinaldi, Barbaresco.
New visit! Pietro Rinaldi, Barbaresco.
Old favorite, Ettore Germano. Always amazing! October 2014.
Old favorite, Ettore Germano. Always amazing! October 2014.

My adventures are continuing in Piemonte once again. Then I’ll venture up north to Valle d’Aosta, and perhaps into Tuscany—maybe even Umbria.

You’ll see it all here in the near future … but probably not until sometime after my big exam in mid December!

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