No one is going to deny these are strange times: very trying for many and certainly surreal for the rest of us. Last weekend promised a bit of gloom, and not just via the weather forecast. With these prescribed self-quarantines I wasn’t going to do much except laundry, catch up on a couple of shows … Continue reading Renato Vacca—the character and spirit of Piedmont
Reviews of Piemontese wines.
The Secret Nobility of Arneis
It’s funny. I’ve spent the last few years trudging through the doldrums of the WSET Diploma curriculum, using Jancis Robinson’s Oxford Companion to Wine as the Holy Grail of wine itself and then I come across this quote by David Gleave, MW in his write-up of the Arneis grape, “The best examples tend to be … Continue reading The Secret Nobility of Arneis
Nizza DOCG Barbera: the Perfect Christmas Wine!
I think it's pretty funny that people keep asking me, "what's a good wine to pair with Christmas dinner?" How the heck am I supposed to know what you eat for Christmas dinner? Roast beef? Roast turkey? Pork loin? Baked ham? Steak? And what about sides and sauces? Will it just be pizza? Or are … Continue reading Nizza DOCG Barbera: the Perfect Christmas Wine!
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
Mani femminili: the hands of women in Piemonte
... I know. I know. It's been way too long since I have given you guys anything fun to read. My last post was before Valentine's Day, which was ages ago! But as soon as I finished that, I spent all of my free time in February studying for my WSET case study exam. Then … Continue reading Mani femminili: the hands of women in Piemonte
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