Piedmont
Classic Barolo Diner @ Aurora

Classic Barolo Diner @ Aurora

Okay, so first off, it’s not all Barolo.  Mostly.  But it’s all classic.  I love the Nebbiolo grape.  More than most.  Maybe most of all.  So there is that in common here.  Basically, I planned an impromptu dinner with some wine loving friends, and we had a great night, with great wine, great food, and...
Italian Extremes:  Produttori Carema + COS

Italian Extremes: Produttori Carema + COS

In a recent fit of Italian inspiration I devised to try wines from opposite ends of Italy.  From the North, I chose a favorite from Produttori Carema, grown in the foothills of the Alps.  And I went as far south as I could to Sicily, with a bottle of COS Pithos.  Now, these are two...
Barbaresco Discovery:  De Forville

Barbaresco Discovery: De Forville

I really didn’t know much about the De Forville Barbaresco before purchasing a bottle, which was fairly priced and highly recommended, but I am kicking myself a bit for not doing my usual routine of buying two bottles, as this is great stuff.  And I should have known as much as it is a Neal...
Antoniotti Pramartel

Antoniotti Pramartel

I came across the Antoniotti “Parmartel” in a restaurant a minute ago and took a picture of it because the wine was different and I was intrigued.  Then it popped up in a local shop or two and I decided to buy one up for home consumption and further analysis. There does not seem to...
Café Select:  Beautiful People & Euro Eclectic Fare

Café Select: Beautiful People & Euro Eclectic Fare

On an average Wednesday night we wound up at the last moment at Café Select, as my buddy Kev needed one of their European inspired dishes to satisfy his post soccer hunger.  Kev swears by Café Select’s eclectic mix of German, Swiss, Italian, and other standard fare.  The ambiance was nice and the crowd was...
G.B. Burlotto & Fabio Alessandria @ USQ

G.B. Burlotto & Fabio Alessandria @ USQ

G.B. Burlotto is one of the most historic family firms in all of Piemonte, but has been a bit over looked until recently.  With one of the longest standing family traditions in the Langhe, they have been rediscovered by those who appreciate classically styled Barolo.  Their range of wines is impressive, and we tried nearly...
Burlotto 2009 Langhe Nebbiolo

Burlotto 2009 Langhe Nebbiolo

Burlotto is to Piedmont what López de Heredia is to Rioja.  This is an old family firm doing things, more or less, the way they always have done.  And the key to success (and true longevity) at López de Heredia is the key to success at Burlotto:  they have remained a family business.  This may...
Top 10 Wines of 2011.

Top 10 Wines of 2011.

Okay, well forget top ten, let’s make it a baker’s dozen while we’re at it.  No particular order, I will just list them youngest to oldest according to vintage.  There are some reds, some young, some old, a white, a rosé, and even a non vintage number.  Just wines that kept me thinking throughout the...
Nebbiolo & Pizza:  A Match Made in Heaven

Nebbiolo & Pizza: A Match Made in Heaven

For everything that everyone says about their favorite meals, fine dining, and all that, at the end of the day there really is noting better than a good pizza.  And pizza tends to be even better when you make it yourself.  My buddy Kevin and I fancy ourselves to be a couple of pretty serious...
Produttori Nebbiolos:  Barbaresco & Carema

Produttori Nebbiolos: Barbaresco & Carema

I have been thinking about these two Nebbiolo wines for many months now.  I have tried each wine at least a couple of times, and I am reflecting on this great thing called Nebbiolo, the grape which is used to make them.  We have for consideration two very fine, and relatively affordable, examples.  One hails...
Wine you like, wine you need:  Gilli Freisa d'Asti

Wine you like, wine you need: Gilli Freisa d’Asti

File the Cascina Gilli Freisa d’Asti under:  Wine you never knew you liked and needed.  There are probably very few of you folks who have tried a Friesa.  Even as a lover of wines from the Piedmont in Northern Italy, I had only ever really heard or read about Freisa in passing.  It is unfortunately...
Lombardy Nebbiolo & a Barbaresco Side Car

Lombardy Nebbiolo & a Barbaresco Side Car

I have been craving high acidity lately in my reds so I have been drinking some Nebbiolos, amongst other things (Jura).  And not just Barolo or Barbaresco mind you.  The 1996 Roagna Barbaresco may be pint sized (.375ml to be exact), but what a Nebbiolo!  Roagna is one of the best traditional producers in the...