Piedmont

    Pining for Piedmont

    …, the best food partners are game, fowl and white meats. It’s not steak wine. Lightly chill. Fontanafredda’a Barolo is crafted in what is called a ‘traditional style’. More earthy, than fruity. Quite tangy, dry. You really get a day-in-the-countryside feeling, and the invite to bring out hearty food. To hearty company. Ascheri’s Barolo is more modern…

    2 readers - By Billy's Best Bottles

    Oct. 11 LCBO Wine Picks: Sonoma + Piedmont

    … wine tasting event that takes place this Thursday, October 9th. The mini-feature in this release highlights wines that are nestled in the Alpine foothills - Piedmont. Given that only 3 of the 26 wines featured from Sonoma and Piedmont are included among my wine picks, it goes without saying that I am somewhat disappointed with the wines chosen…

    4 readers - By Jason Solanki/ Vintages Wine Picks & Reviews

    The Three Big B's of Italy at SFWC

    … Scarpa, Tettineive (in Neive) 1990 Ceretto, Bricco Asili (in Barbaresco) Next, the Barolos. Meaty, savory, rich with sweet spices, violets and roses, rhubarb, licorice and fennel. The 2001 even had an interesting combination of mint crème and butter toffee along with tar and dried flowers. It was tough to pick a favorite in this group but all of them…

    1 readers - By Wine Maven in Training

    2013 Il Falchetto Brachetto d’Acqui DOCG Hmm… smells...

    …2013 Il Falchetto Brachetto d’Acqui DOCG Hmm… smells almost carbonic? Small red berries, ripe peaches, and nectarines with the REDDEST flesh possible on the nose. Great mouthfeel on this wine. Hint of pepper on the attack, yielding to dried cranberries and dried cherries on the palate. Interesting! 4/5 bones $$ Brachetto 6% abv Brachetto d’Acqui (Piedmont), ITALY…

    3 readers - By Shiba Sommelier

    Does Barbera get the respect it deserves?

    … it’s an afterthought, or a value wine created to wet the palate at the dinner table. Roberto Conterno of Giacomo Conterno Photo courtesy of Rare Wine CompanyDon’t get me wrong, there have always been producers who gave Barbera its fair shake (Giacomo Conterno and Vietti immediately come to mind). Yet we are now seeing more and more producers fine…

    4 readers - By Eric Guido/ The V.I.P. Table

    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…

    12 readers - By Charles Scicolone/ Charles Scicolone on Wine

    Dueling Blind Barolo Vintages

    … and finding a reference point here can be difficult. In fact, I don’t recall the last time I saw such a collection of the who’s who in Piedmont. If you’re looking to put something special in the cellar, you can’t go wrong here. As for 99’s, it’s all been recently said. A retrospective tasting from two years ago put me on the hunt to acquire as much ’99…

    4 readers - By Eric Guido/ The V.I.P. Table

    #winePW 4: Sicily

    … When David posted the theme for the September #winePW (wine pairing weekend) both Pete and I knew right away we wanted to participate. This month’s theme, Regional Food and Wine Pairings, leaves a whole world full of regions to consider. We pretty quickly narrowed our choice to Sicily. We are planning to visit Sicily next year and have already…

    4 readers - By Pull That Cork

    Italy winemakers braced for tough 2014 harvest

    … grape harvest since 1950, with total production from the 2014 vintage forecast at 41m hectolitres, according to the country's Coldiretti farmers' union. Non-stop rain through much of August has hampered grape ripening and is likely to lead to higher wastage in the vineyards. But, it remains early days and several winemakers who attended Decanter's…

    9 readers - By Decanter

    Mac & Cheese Night #4: Homeroom

    …, thinks I’m crazy for placing the Tipsy Pig above Homeroom. And I’d bet all those people who’ve had Homeroom’s name on the tips of their tongue when I’ve mentioned my quest would agree. Would you? Homeroom 400 40th Street Piedmont, Oakland Website P.S. The Husband has declared Homeroom to be far too hipster because I was one of three people photographing their food at the same exact time. I, however, felt a universal sense of foodie camaraderie. The mason jars, though…he has a point. Reviewed 29 August 14. by…

    9 readers - By Rebecca Gomez Farrell/ Rebecca Gomez Farrell

    Argentina's Haarth winery is Canadian-owned

    …, a touch of tobacco and graphite on the finish. The latter is probably a reflection of the minerality the old vines are pulling up from deep in the soil. 89-90. Haarth Malbec 2011 ($19). This is the classic Argentina Malbec, with aromas of cherry and strawberry and bold flavours of blueberry and black cherry and long ripe tannins. 89. Haarth Cabernet…

    2 readers - By John Schreiner/ John Schreiner on wine

    Things to do in Turin, Italy

    …? And being in Piedmont, Turin has an AMAZING selection of wines you can’t find anywhere else? All the more reason to enjoy an aperitivo here! (The word “aperitivo” is the name for both the ritual of going out for a pre-dinner drink. It’s an Italian tradition.) I do not have any suggestions on places for your aperitivo in Turin but I do suggest you try…

    1 readers - By Elaine Schoch/ Carpe Travel

    Fifty Wines That Shaped My Palate, 1984-2014

    … Sauvignon 1999, Oakville District, Napa Valley. June 2002, a sample for review. 28. Sineann Reed and Reynolds Vineyard Pinot Noir 2000, Willamette Valley, Oregon. Tasted at the International Pinot Noir Conference, McMinnville, August 2002. 29. Nicolas Joly Clos de la Bergerie 1999, Savennières-Roches-aux-Moines, Loire Valley, France. New York, at La…

    By Fredric Koeppel/ Bigger Than Your Head