Elvio Cogno, Andrea Oberto, Domenico Clerico

From venerdì, 24 settembre, 2010. …and then there are those days where everyone says yes.  They are sandwiched between two other really big days of visits, tastings, and dinners – and you were hoping for some sort of break – but there is no time.  You can’t miss any opportunities. Elvio Cogno I met Valter … Continue reading Elvio Cogno, Andrea Oberto, Domenico Clerico

Renato Corino Part 1.0, Mauro Veglio Part 3

If I were Tennessee Williams writing a play where everything symbolizes something else, I would write my German friend Marco as an usher at the last Led Zeppelin concert† who, at the entrance, hands me free front-row tickets and backstage passes to hang out with Jimmy Page simply because … I was in the right … Continue reading Renato Corino Part 1.0, Mauro Veglio Part 3

Germano Ettore

From: lunedì, 20 settembre. “BUONGIORNO! MI CHIAMO MARCELLA.  IO HO UN APPUNTAMENTO ALLE DUE!”  I yelled over the small gang of dogs in the driveway who were barking their heads off like I was some sort of mafia person with a machine gun.  The first person I had found at this small azienda, a man … Continue reading Germano Ettore

Renato Ratti Ochetti Nebbiolo d’Alba

How could anyone possibly like Pinot noir more?  More than Nebbiolo –when you have a Nebbiolo like this?  This puts all those $35+ Cali Pinots to shame.  But let’s really be honest here.  Who is charging $35 for their Pride and Joy – from egregiously expensive plot of land – “We use all new French … Continue reading Renato Ratti Ochetti Nebbiolo d’Alba

Ai suma

Part I. One of my favorite things to do is cook for my friends.  My friends are troopers; they allow me to be this way.  My husband also puts up with it.  So about once a year, I go crazy and make a multi-course meal with wine pairings and all the accoutrements.  The theme these … Continue reading Ai suma

Cal-Ital Wine Reviews (marzo – maggio)

Barrel Tasting Weekend Every March I attend the Russian River/ Dry Creek/ Alexander Valleys Barrel Tasting weekend(s).  These appellations are connected and make up the northern part of Sonoma County.  Together they create one of the very best wine producing regions in California – in my bold opinion.  My wine buddies and I, quite a … Continue reading Cal-Ital Wine Reviews (marzo – maggio)