2 New Italian Wine Discoveries

We continually search for really interesting wines from around the Mediterranean basin—indigenous, family owned and operated, heirloom/heritage vines and farmed sustainably. We recently ran across TWO very noteworthy family wine projects—one from Campania and one from Mt. Etna in Sicily. They certainly caught our attention! Really good juice. Here is your chance to try themContinue reading “2 New Italian Wine Discoveries”

Tasting Italian Wines with the Young Sommeliers Part 2

Another leg of our late Fall trip to Italy was up to Alto Piemonte, a roughly 2 hour drive north (& slightly east) of Alba.  I had wanted to visit this wine growing area for many years, actually after my first eye opening tastes of THREE different bottlings (each on a separate occasion) of Gattinara,Continue reading “Tasting Italian Wines with the Young Sommeliers Part 2”

Tasting Italian Wines with the Young Sommeliers Part 1

Today, we brought together a group of young wine professionals to share some of the wine discoveries we brought home with us from our October trip to Italy. We pared down the tasting list to 12 wines, just to make it more manageable AND keep everyone’s attention. The first trio of wines were from DolceacquaContinue reading “Tasting Italian Wines with the Young Sommeliers Part 1”

Atalier by Raúl Pérez Albariño “a Cruz das Ánimas”

I was really quite taken by this Spanish white wine because of how different it is from those done in stainless steel with NO malolactic fermentation, resulting in pure, fresh, riveting white wines so commonly seen in the marketplace, especially in the Albariño/Rías Baixas category.  Furthermore, it is also thankfully vey different from other renditionsContinue reading “Atalier by Raúl Pérez Albariño “a Cruz das Ánimas””

Alto Piemonte–Day 4 Gattinara

One could easily say Gattinara is the most well known wine appellation of the Alto Piemonte.  150 years or so ago, there were apparently roughly 1600 acres planted to vine in Gattinara.  Today, I am told there is but only 230 or so acres still planted.  Undoubtedly the most revered estate of Gattinara (& someContinue reading “Alto Piemonte–Day 4 Gattinara”

Alto Piemonte Day 3 Ghemme

Ghemme is another of the denominations of the Alto Piemonte.  It too is quite small in size with roughly only 210 acres planted to vine, all scattered throughout the undulating hills throughout the region.  While porphyric/granite soils are a large influence in Ghemme, there are also vineyards which seem to have a little more clayContinue reading “Alto Piemonte Day 3 Ghemme”

Alto Piemonte–Day 2 Fara & Boca

Our next stop was at Boniperti in the town of Barengo.  As we planned our trip, Gilberto Boniperti, was one of the first to confirm a visit.  He was also very helpful in introducing us to Cristiano Garella, who also consults for this winery AND also helped open the door to a few other producers–MazzoniContinue reading “Alto Piemonte–Day 2 Fara & Boca”

Alto Piemonte–Day 1 Bramaterra

Alto Piemonte can be subdivided into 7 main denominations–a cluster of Lessona, Bramaterra, Boca, Gattinara, Ghemme, Sizzano & Fara–roughly 2 hours drive northeast of Langhe. Pre-trip, I had little idea of how compact Alto Piemonte really is.  Thankfully each destination is only about 15 to 30 minutes or less from each other. In its heyContinue reading “Alto Piemonte–Day 1 Bramaterra”

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