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

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

The Wild Roero

Did you know that there is another fantastic Nebbiolo-producing zone just a few kilometers northwest of both Barolo and Barbaresco? The only thing really dividing them is the Tanaro River, which today looks fairly serene and non-threatening. But that wasn't always the case. Geology shows that 250,000 years ago, a major earthquake shifted the course of the … Continue reading The Wild Roero