• A Non-Traditional Thanksgiving

      Our Thanksgiving menu was an unorthodox one this year, but we started as always with Champagne. Champagne Delamotte Brut NV made from 50% Pinot Noir, 30% Pinot Nero and 20% Pinot Meunier. The wine is light and fresh with citrus aromas and flavors and good acidity. The sister house is Salon and both are part of the Laurent-Perrier group.

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    • Peace, Love & Pizza @OGSgtPepperonis #BYO #NebbioloNight

      I am super proud to be part of the hospitality industry. Supplying Italian wine to restaurants and shops has become an amazingly satisfying career for me- I love our community! Recently we started a monthly “Industry Night” in Orange County, California, where we get together to network, to relax, to get to know each other, and to taste wine.

      Joanie Karapetian/ Italian Wine Geek- 4 readers -
  • Barolo bar at Maialino NYC

    … over. It still had very beautiful layers and was insanely complex but I have to like the Bartolo over this wine because of its absolute harmony and togetherness. I was sipping with a few Maialino employees at the bar and was informed that it wasn't just this bottle that was showing the slight V.A. note. Happy Nebbiolo Season, Y'all!…

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  • Buying Wine: Our Favorite LA Shops

    … certain there is not a bad bottle in the store. We see quite a few of the same merchandise we get from our dealer and he sells to super models. It must be good. Wines we recently tasted while dining at Panzanella in Sherman Oaks. 2003 Scavino Barolo $35: Full and soft. “Better tomorrow” advises Dotoré. Tasting like a bull ready for the ring…

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  • Studio Time with Rinascimento

    … needs at least 3-5, and then it’ll be a beauty. 2010 vintage available at Empire Wine, Wine Library and Saratoga Wine. G.D. Vajra Barbera d’Alba 2011 (limited availability) A slightly more modern Barbera, with higher alcohol (14.5%) and some up front cherry flavor, but still retains that old-world character of earth, mushrooms, and locker room on the nose. Decent acid, food-friendly. A well-made Piedmontese Barbera is simply impossible to dislike. Categories: Red Wine Rose Wine …

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  • Approachable 2010 Barolos

    … Approachable 2010 Barolos October 23, 2014 at 11:49 am Vineyards at Serralunga d’Alba in the heart of the Barolo zone with the snow-covered Alps in the background (Photo ©Tom Hyland) Eric Asimov, wine writer for the New York Times, penned an excellent column on October 17 about the 2010 Barolos. (read here). I almost don’t even have to use…

    Tom Hyland/ learnitalianwines- 1 readers -
  • 1971 Barolo Fontanafredda at Maialino NYC

    … Uncorking this 1971 Fontana Fredda Barolo this weekend at Maialino in New York City was reminiscent of opening a coffin in The Langhe and experiencing Nebbiolo zombies awakening from the dead to slowly climb into the glass. At first this wine smelled of rotten corpse, soil and maybe some tar for the sake of tradition. Slowly opening…

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  • A New Book on Barolo & Barbaresco … plus a Related Item

    … The University of California Press has just published Kerin O’Keefe’s Barolo and Barbaresco: The King and Queen of Italian Wines (346 pp, maps, photos, index: $39.95). I’ve been wanting to announce this ever since, over a year ago, I read the manuscript for the Press and enthusiastically recommended publication: To my mind, this is the most…

    Tom Maresca/ Tom's Wine Line- 6 readers -
  • A Peek at the Wines of Attilio Ghisolfi

    … When you take all the different grapes and styles into account, the diversity coming out of Italy can make your head spin with delight. Despite the variety, Barolo and Barbera remain among the most recognizable. Attilio Ghisolfi features both of those, and more, in their portfolio. The original nine acres of land that Attilio Ghisolfi farms…

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  • Aging Report: Borgogno Riserva Barolo Piemonte 1967

    … of flavor left to experience. Eventually the fruit flavors fade, the mouthfeel loses its lushness and becomes little more than a mouthful of acid. Yet there is still something worthy of reverence about popping the cork (or carefully easing it out) on a really old bottle. Most age-worthy wines improve for 15-20 years before beginning their decline…

    Dwight Furrow/ Edible Arts- 5 readers -
  • The Three Big B's of Italy at SFWC

    … of the greatest wines of Italy, with its trademark calcareous soils and vineyard slopes contributing to the complex aromas of tar and roses and extremely long cellar life. Brunello – short for Brunello di Montalcino - is in the region of Tuscany, known for olive oil and lighter foods, and the 100% Sangiovese wines complement this cuisine perfectly…

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  • Nebbiolo of the day! Barolo Monvigliero by Castello di Verduno

    … After shuffling through some 30 to 40 wines at last weeks Domenico Valentino tasting in NYC at I Trulli restaurant I stopped everything the second this nebbiolo entered my glass. Castello di Verduno makes some interesting, fun and easy drinking wines such as their bottlings of Pelaverga which include a bianco, a rosso and a sparkling rosato. I…

    'na cica de vino.- 6 readers -
  • Italy!

    … heard it from several merchants that the warm 2009 Barolo vintage combined with contemporary winemaking techniques yields early drinking wines. One example of which is the 2009 Reverdito, Barolo. I never would have thought this true until I tried this contemporary wine that blends Nebbiolo traits with bottle aged notes. These wines were purchased…

    Aaron Nix Gomez/ Hogshead - A Wine Blogin Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc- 2 readers -
  • Best Italian Wine Awards 2014

    … 2008 – Veneto 2 Tenuta Sette Ponti – Oreno 2011 – Tuscany 3 Marisa Cuomo – Costa d’Amalfi Furore Fiorduva 2012 – Campania 4 Luciano Sandrone – Barolo Cannubi Boschis Luciano Sandrone 2010 – Piedmont 5 Argiolas – Turriga 2010 – Sardinia 6 Tenuta San Guido – Sassicaia 2011 – Tuscany Casanova 7 of Blacks – Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto 2008…

    Charles Scicolone/ Charles Scicolone on Winein Riesling- 12 readers -
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