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Isabella Oddero

Isabella Oddero

Isabella Oddero from the zinfidel on Vimeo. Isabella Oddero of the famed historic Barolo house Oddero speaks about her families wines at Union Square Wines.
Top 10 Wines of 2012

Top 10 Wines of 2012

As I reflect back on 2012 I can honestly say that it was my luckiest year yet when it comes to wine.  I was fortunate enough to have drunk more great wine more often with more great people than any other year.  This is a blessing.  And in some ways a curse.  Whatever, I have...
Serralunga Barolo & Governor & Levi Dalton

Serralunga Barolo & Governor & Levi Dalton

When you combine a good cause with some of Serralunga’s finest Barolos and Levi Dalton you call it a win, win situation (or is it wine, win?).  On a recently chilly New York City night, a group of willing and able folks trekked to Dumbo in order to taste Serralunga’s best Barolo Crus and raise...
Nebbiolo, Fairy Dust, & Unicorns.

Nebbiolo, Fairy Dust, & Unicorns.

Somebody once told me that the difference between Barolo and Burgundy is that Barolo always tastes like Barolo.  Well.. I think that’s a load of crap.  I can think of no better way to prove this than with two of my favorite Nebbiolo wines which we shared with family this Thanksgiving holiday:  Burlotto Monvigliero Barolo...
Luca Currado Vietti @ USQ

Luca Currado Vietti @ USQ

Luca Currado Vietti from the zinfidel on Vimeo. Luca Currado Vietti is certainly one of the most enthusiastic wine makers one could ever hope to meet.  He is also one of the most passionate.  He barely took a breath when he spoke to a small crowd recently at Union Square Wines.  I have been a...
Barolo Rising Star:  Eugenio Bocchino Barolo Lu 2006

Barolo Rising Star: Eugenio Bocchino Barolo Lu 2006

After my first introduction to Eugenio Bocchino Langhe Nebbiolo, I was clambering to try their Barolo.  And though I might normally lay down a young Barolo, I could not resist sampling the 2006 Eugenio Bocchino Barolo Lu in the name of research.  There is not a lot of info out there on this emerging Barolo...
Best Dolcetto Ever: San Fereolo - Dogliani

Best Dolcetto Ever: San Fereolo – Dogliani

When’s the last time you drank Dolcetto?  Probably Roagna about two years ago for me.  I really just have never been that taken with Dolcetto.  Perhaps I have not taken it seriously because no one else does.  No one else except Nicoletta Bocca of San Fereolo that is. The Dogliani was a recommendation from September...
Über Winos Summit:  Fall 2012

Über Winos Summit: Fall 2012

I live in NYC.  Okay, well Brooklyn actually, but you know what I mean.  And I have been lucky enough to meet a lot of great people who are involved with wine, be it in the industry or as a consumer, or somewhere in between.  So it comes with the territory in a place like...
Barolo Hot Streak:  Cavallotto

Barolo Hot Streak: Cavallotto

The recent Barolo hot streak continues with Cavallotto, another great classic styled producer.  With the recent discovery of Fenocchio, I am adding Cavallotto to my short list of great traditional styled Barolo producers.  If the 2003 Bricco Boschis is any indication, these guys are doing all the right things.  There is no barrique signature here,...
Traditional Barolo Discovery:  Fenocchio

Traditional Barolo Discovery: Fenocchio

While I am not an expert on Barolo by any means, I like to feel that I am pretty well briefed on a good selection of producers.  But when we ordered a bottle of Fenocchio Barolo Bussia 2003 recently at PT we were taking a gamble as I had no idea what we might be...
Alessandro e Gian Natale Fantino 2001 Barolo Riserva “Vigna dei Dardi”

Alessandro e Gian Natale Fantino 2001 Barolo Riserva “Vigna dei Dardi”

Man walks into a wine shop… yes, that’s how this one goes.  Man walks into a wine shop; shop keeper is pushing several items, but a 2001 Barolo Riserva for $33.00 strikes a cord.  Producer is not well known to all parties, but buyer is thinking when is the last time he came across a...
Eugenio Bocchino 2010 Roccabella - Langhe Nebbiolo Discovery

Eugenio Bocchino 2010 Roccabella – Langhe Nebbiolo Discovery

It’s been a minute since I name checked my favorite grape variety Nebbiolo.  But a nice Langhe Nebbiolo can work well at any time of the year, summer included.  The Eugenio Bocchino “Roccabella” Langhe Nebbiolo has been on my radar for a while thanks to the kind folks at Frankly Wines.  They have been pointing...