Italy winemakers braced for tough 2014 harvest

    Summer rain has left winemakers across northern Italy facing difficult conditions for the 2014 harvest, but while many still remain optimistic there are higher hopes further south in the country. Peter McCombie MW hosts a Chianti Classico tasting at Decanter's Simply Italian - Great Wines even in London.

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    Mac & Cheese Night #4: Homeroom

    My 4th Mac & Cheese Night took place at the East Bay’s prime mac & cheese destination along 40th Street in Oakland: Homeroom. Nearly every time I’ve mentioned my mac & cheese quest, I’ve been interrupted by an excited new acquaintance asking if I’ve tried Homeroom yet. Finally, FINALLY, I can say yes when asked. Schoolroom décor in keeping with their name. I approve.

    9 readers - By Rebecca Gomez Farrell

      Daily Wine News: Mostly Psychological

      Terroirist: A Daily Wine Blog - - 8 readers - Flickr, Frank Fujimoto. “The primary position that I hold is that a winemaker should be able to make whatever style of wine she or he chooses and that includes alcohol levels.” Joe Roberts sits down with Siduri’s Adam Lee. “It seems that the effects of the Riedel glassware are psychological more than scientific.

      Best Italian Wine Awards 2014

      Charles Scicolone on Wine - - 6 readers - September 19, 2014 · 10:20 am Here is a list of the Best Italian Wine Awards for 2014 selected by a panel composed of Luca Gaedini. Andrea Grignaffini, Daniele Cernilli and Tim Atkin among others. There are no surprises and of the 50 about 20 would have made my top list.

      #winePW 4: Sicily

      Pull That Cork - - 4 readers - 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.

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      Best Italian Wine Awards 2014

      … – 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 – Tuscany 8…

      6 readers - By 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…

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      #winePW 4: Sicily

      … #winePW 4 bloggers! Culinary Adventures with Camilla is posting “Chuletas de Cordero + Tempranillo” Vino Travels — An Italian Wine Blog will share “Piedmont Pleasures” Grape Experiences is pairing “Avantis Estate Malagousia 2013 and Greek Shrimp” Curious Cuisiniere will share “Wisconsin Cheddar Grilled Cheese with Door County Winery’s Peninsula Red…

      4 readers - By Pull That Cork

      Italy winemakers braced for tough 2014 harvest

      … harvest,' Leonardi said. At this early stage, Sicily has staked an early claim to be the winner of the 2014 vintage. 'It's been exceptional there. It's been cooler than usual, which should give the wines more finesse and not too much power,' Leonardi said. In Piedmont, Paolo Gagliardo, of Gianni Gagliardo winery, said the estate won't begin the Nebbiolo…

      9 readers - By Decanter

      Mac & Cheese Night #4: Homeroom

      … 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

      Argentina's Haarth winery is Canadian-owned

      … through private wine stores. Here is a diversion about the varietal called Bonarda in Argentina. According to Wine Grapes by Jancis Robinson et al, the proper name is Douce Noire. It was widely grown in eastern France and may have originated in Piedmont in Italy, although the Italian Bonarda is a different grape. Douce Noire – can you picture…

      2 readers - By 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…

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      Fifty Wines That Shaped My Palate, 1984-2014

      … this to a friend back in the U.S., he said, “Oh, yeah, they pull out that wine for all the Americans.” No matter. 15. Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Montrachet Grand Cru 1983. Tasted in New York, October 1991. 16. Gaja Barbaresco 1955, Piedmont, Italy. Made by Angelo Gaja’s father, tasted in New York, October 1991. 17. Chateau Beychevelle 1928, St. Julien…

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      Italian Indigenous Varieties: Freisa from Piedmont

      …August 18, 2014 · 9:50 pm This week’s grape variety hails from Piedmont – Freisa. It is often made into a pure varietal wine but is also blended with Nebbiolo, Barbera and Dolcetto. It is a red grape that has heavy tannins and at times is made into a frizzante wine to make it softer. Freisa’s native area is near the city of Asti, although it grows…

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      Olek Bondonio Barbaresco 2010

      … An astonishingly tight cork. Not a euphemism. I’ve enjoyed several Olek Bondonio wines over the past few months, and have found them unified by a sense of simplicity and deliciousness that transcends their, at times, rustic demeanour. When one starts to get up towards $100, though, it’s interesting to contemplate how far this aesthetic extends…

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      Bochis Francesco Langhe Barbera – remarkable value from Piedmont

      … So enjoyed this wine. It’s a Piedmont Barbera aged for four months in large botti, from limestone soils at 420-460 m. Bochis Francesco Langhe Barbera Dogliano 2012 Piedmont, Italy 13% alcohol. Lovely black cherry and plum fruit: sleek, pure and fresh. Fine and elegant with some grippy structure and a bit of damson to complement the raspberry and black cherry fruit. A lovely wine of great purity and finesse. 93/100 (£12.50 Haynes, Hanson & Clark) …

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      Sipping through Italy: Fontanafredda

      … We were guests of Palm Bay on this exciting journey through Italy. After four days of wandering Rome and Milan, we finally met up with the rest of the South Florida group as they arrived thirsty from their overnight flight from the states. A relaxing bus ride through the northern part of Italy landed us in Alba, within the region of Piedmont. The Read more... The post Sipping through Italy: Fontanafredda appeared first on Winehooch. …

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      Sobrero Langhe Nebbiolo 2011

      …Inexpensive Nebbiolo can be a difficult thing to locate, so it’s appealing to come across an affordable example such as this humble Langhe from Sobrero. Good Barolos and Barbarescos are so satisfying and complete, I fear a little tasting this wine and being comprehensively dissatisfied. While this lacks some stuffing, there’s plenty of interest…

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