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
You know when you look back on those certain instances in life and you think to yourself, "Man, I had no idea what I was getting myself into!" Maybe you think of an unfortunate circumstance but I am sure you have good ones too. My particular story is a good one. Meeting Renato Corino and his girlfriend, … Continue reading Renato Corino & Liliana—some of my favorite people!
As I was pondering how to cover the 2009 Barolo wines of La Morra that I tasted during my last trip to Piemonte, I got a little stressed. I've experienced and written about so much of this village that I suddenly felt like I didn't have any more wild adventures to share. It's become a … Continue reading A tour through the 2009 Barolo of La Morra
Well, I write a lot of notes but have neglected to document one of my most important nights in Italy last fall. Part of me is disappointed and part of me relieved. At the sacrifice of finding every little nuance in every wine I tried, I took the opportunity to just be present and appreciate … Continue reading Barbera and Nebbiolo: California vs Piemonte
After five days home from Italy I thought to myself, "What I need is a little party with friends, good food, and wine — and it needs to happen only if the stars are aligned just right — nothing formal or planned." So I thought, "What better dish to make when you don't know if … Continue reading Siro Pacenti Brunello, Panzanella Salad, and friends!
Note: This entry is meant to follow Renato Corino 2.0: La Vendemmia 2011. You might want to read it before reading this one. "Prendi un po' di vino," disse la Lepre Marzolina, con tono affabile. Alice guardò bene sul tavolo, ma non vide altro che tè. "Non vedo vino," fece notare. "Non ce n'è," disse La … Continue reading Renato Corino 2.5: Marcella meets Antonio Galloni