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Riesling: A White Interloper in the Land of Big Reds
Wednesday evening there was a sort of renegade gathering of Langhe producers of riesling, taking place outdoors at Casa Nicolini, a hotel and restaurant in Barbaresco. “We are all different,” proclaimed one of the producers, “but united by the fact that we are crazy and love riesling!” With a large bonfire sending flames up into the night sky and illuminating a long table groaning under the weight of large ice buckets holding tall tapered bottles of ...Read More
June 2015 Red Discovery: Carbone 2009 Aglianico del Vulture 400 Some
Sara and Luca Carbone inherited vineyards from their parents, and started making wine in 2005. This is their top selection of aglianico, including fruit off their older vines, the wine aged in French barriques for 12 months. Of all the barrique-aged Vulture wines we ...Read Full Wine Review
Nebbiolo Prima: Extracurricular Wines
The morning tastings comprise the core of Nebbiolo Prima, but they are not the only activities.
This year there was a visit to the Enology School of Alba. Since I live in the area, I’ve been by the school a hundred times but never actually been in. So I took the opportunity to visit, along with a journalist from China and a blogger from Germany.
Founded in 1881, the Scuola Enologica di Alba is Italy’s second oldest ...Read More
Book Review: Vermouth: The Revival of the Spirit that Created America’s Cocktail Culture
Vermouth is making a comeback in the United States. Winemakers such as Steve Matthiasson in California and Christopher Tracy at Channing Daughters in New York State are producing their own versions, and bars are ...Read Full Book Review