Nebbiolo Prima 2016: making new friends

Last May was my third go-round at Nebbiolo Prima, one of the most important Italian wine summits of the year. At this annual blind tasting and pre-marketing event, Albeisa, the Unione Produttori Vini Albesi (Union of Producers of wines from the Alba area), hosts about 100 journalists from all over the world for one week … Continue reading Nebbiolo Prima 2016: making new friends

Summer Standouts of the Langhe & Roero

Last Friday some good friends from Napa stopped by and I opened my one bottle of Marengo Pugnane Barbera d'Alba. First sip and suddenly I remember, "Wow, I am totally in love with this wine!" And then, "Oh yeah! I still have not written up my standouts from my last trip to Piemonte ..." Ooops. … Continue reading Summer Standouts of the Langhe & Roero

Karen MacNeil, a great inspiration

I managed to sneak a few treasures into my suitcase from my last trip to Piemonte. I also came home to a few unexpected ones. Two packages sat on the floor by the front door when I walked into my house after being gone for nearly three weeks—my 15th trip to Italy in 10 years. … Continue reading Karen MacNeil, a great inspiration