Piedmont

    Wine on company time

    … Algonquin Park, October 2014 From the Middle English octobre and the Latin October, meaning “eight,” just how the month of October became the Julian and Gregorian 10th is a matter of bad juju. The corporate bumbling by way of the insertion of January and February into the Roman calendar screwed up all available etymological kismet. Perhaps…

    By Michael Godel/ Godello

    Fourteen wines that should be on your restaurant list

    … and good persistence. This is the all-around good guy, the one with an open invitation, the bridge from Estate to Dolomite to Csv. The well-adjusted one steps up its game to help win one for the team, especially out of the convivial 2013 vintage.” Last tasted October 2014 @CaveSpring Rustenberg John X Merriman 2011, Stellenbosch, South Africa…

    By Michael Godel/ Godello

    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

    … for this release. However, I fully expect the upcoming Sonoma and Italian wine tasting events to have a much better showing. The lone wine from Sonoma is the Benzinger (oaked) Chardonnay, the grapes from which were grown using certified sustainable practices. Both of my wine recommendations from Piedmont are not common for the region. The Prunotto…

    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?

    … (Barbera is naturally very low in tannin). This practice has diminished to a large degree and the best producers who still practice it, have found the right mix of quality fruit and barrel. Then there’s the bright, juicy, woodsy, food-loving style of Barbera, which should be in everyone’s cellar for that night of Bolognese sauce or pizza. I cannot…

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

    Best Italian Wine Awards 2014

    … – Barolo Bricco Pernice 2009 – Piedmont 41 Nervi – Gattinara Molsino 2006 – Piedmont 42 Ar.Pe.Pe – Grumello Good Counsel Riserva 2005 – Lombardia 43 Castle Mold – Lupicaia 2009 – Tuscany 44 Cortaccia – Brenntal Gewurztraminer, 2011 – Alto Adige Tramin 45 – Terminum Gewurztraminer 2012 – Alto Adige 46 Prunotto – Barolo Bussia 2010 – Piedmont 47 Castle…

    12 readers - By Charles Scicolone/ Charles Scicolone on Wine

    Dueling Blind Barolo Vintages

    … Francia would be my pick. 1999 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia – The nose was dark and enticing with an exotic twist and all the iron, mineral-laden Serralunga character you could ever hope for. A mix of ripe strawberry, brown sugar, orange peel, tea leafs, iron and rich dark soil tones formed the bouquet. On the palate, it was firm yet…

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

    #winePW 4: Sicily

    …, arancini, dishes with capers and lemons. Then there are the desserts; cannoli, Sicilian marzipan, pistachio gelato. Ultimately we decided on pistachio pesto. Pesto has been on my mind, as our basil is looking very healthy. We found several pistachio recipes, some of which included basil and or mint. In the end we chose a very simple pistachio…

    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

    … 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…

    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
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