Renato Corino Part 1.7

"This moment contains all moments." -C.S. Lewis So it’s three days ‘til D-Day and all I can think about is la vendemmia. “Com’è stata l’estate? Faceva troppo caldo? Come sono i vigneti? … la Barbera? ... la Freisa? ... la Ruchè? … il Dolcetto? … il Nebbiolo?” I can’t believe 10 months have passed since I last … Continue reading Renato Corino Part 1.7

Cantina del Pino Ovello Barbaresco 2001-2007, and more

On May 3 this year I was lucky to catch my good friend Renato Vacca during his short trip to California. He and the guys (Joe & Mike) at Enoteca La Storia (ELS) had arranged a vertical tasting of Cantina del Pino Ovello vineyard Barbarescos. This is the only such comprehensive vertical tasting ever done with … Continue reading Cantina del Pino Ovello Barbaresco 2001-2007, and more

Il cibo di Piemonte (in Italiano)

It's true that I have been neglecting this blog the past couple months and I realize that.  But it's not because I haven't been thinking about Italy, or Piemonte, or Italian wine.  Quite the opposite, in fact.  The truth is I've been so busy teaching about Italian wine and trying to learn the Italian language, … Continue reading Il cibo di Piemonte (in Italiano)

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