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Cellar Favorite: 1995 Fratelli Alessandria Barolo Monvigliero

Cellar Favorites, cellar favorite, Italy: Piedmont

Antonio Galloni, Jul 2018

Fratelli Alessandria’s 1995 Barolo Monvigliero provides a fascinating look into an early wine from an estate that has joined the ranks of the elite in recent years. Nineteen ninety-five is also a vintage that is really peaking today, with a number of wines showing better than they ever have.

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The Last Frontier: Nebbiolos of Alto Piemonte & Valtellina

featured, Piedmont, Italy: Piedmont, Italy: North

Antonio Galloni, Jun 2018

Capable of expressing the purest essence of site, vintage and producer style, Nebbiolo is without question one of the world’s elite red grapes. Skyrocketing prices and soaring demand make it increasingly difficult for consumers to find the best Barolos and Barbarescos. But the glories of Nebbiolo stretch far beyond those prestigious appellations. Readers will find a bevy of striking, captivating wines in Alto Piemonte and Lombardy’s Valtellina.

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Piedmont’s Affordable Gems

featured, Italy: Piedmont, Piedmont

Antonio Galloni, Jun 2018

It’s easy to get discouraged these days with the skyrocketing prices and dwindling availability of Piedmont’s finest Barolos and Barbarescos. Fortunately, drinking top-notch wines from Piedmont’s best producers doesn’t have to cost a fortune nor does it require a ton of hunting around. The finest Dolcettos, Barberas and Langhe Nebbiolos deliver the same terroir-driven, artisan spirit of their more famous brethren, but at far more accessible prices that make them great choices for everyday drinking at the dinner table. And that is before we get to Timorasso, Freisa, Pelaverga and other varieties that complete Piedmont’s rich oenological landscape.

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Vinous Table: Il Cascinale Nuovo, Isola d'Asti, Italy

Italy: Piedmont, Piedmont, Italy

Ian D'Agata, May 2018

One of Piedmont’s historic dining spots, Il Cascinale Nuovo celebrates its fiftieth birthday this year. My latest visit shows this historic spot to be none the worse for wear.

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Vinous Table: Repubblica di Perno, Monforte d’Alba, Italy

Vinous Table, Italy: Piedmont, Piedmont

Ian D'Agata, Mar 2018

Repubblica di Perno, a favorite of locals and visitors alike, is a sure bet when it comes to good traditional Piedmontese cooking in the Langhe, with a fine choice of local and non-local fine wines to match.

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Book Excerpt: Barolo, MGA Vol. II, The Birth of an Appellation

featured, Italy: Piedmont

Alessandro Masnaghetti, Feb 2018

In this excerpt from his forthcoming book, Barolo MGA Vol. II, Alessandro Masnaghetti discusses the birth of the Barolo Appellation. A stunning work of historic significance, Barolo MGA Vol. II includes never seen before research on harvest dates, the Barolo 1970 map that compares vineyard areas of present day to those of 1970, a case study of Vigna Rionda and the first English translation of Ferdinando Vignolo-Lutati’s groundbreaking 1929 essay On the Delimitation of Wine Zones of Typical Wine.

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2014 Barolo: Surprise, Surprise…

featured, Italy: Piedmont

Antonio Galloni, Feb 2018

Navigating through the 2014 Barolo vintage is going to require a bit of work, although the time spent will be hugely rewarding. Three hailstorms, heavy and insistent rain, and a cool, gray summer gave growers fits. Many 2014s are diluted and lacking depth, while a number of wines weren’t bottled at all. But the finest 2014s are some of the most thrilling young Barolos I have ever tasted.

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Vinous Table: Vintage 1997, Torino, Italy

Italy: Piedmont, Piedmont, Vinous Table

Ian D'Agata, Jan 2018

Vintage 1997 offers solid, well-cooked renditions of updated Piedmontese classics in a quiet, refined but not stuffy ambience. The wine list teeming with great bottles at fair prices make Vintage 1997 a must stop for serious food and wine lovers.

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Naples Winter Wine Festival Charity Dinner

featured, Italy: Piedmont

Antonio Galloni, Jan 2018

This spectacular charity dinner provided a great opportunity to indulge in a fabulous fall white truffle menu with a selection of fine Barolos and Barbarescos. The dinner, part of a lot I donated alongside Instagram CEO and Co-Founder Kevin Systrom and the Napa Valley Reserve, raised $160,000 for the children of Collier County, FL. I am deeply grateful to our generous donors for supporting this lot with such enthusiasm.

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Remembering Bruno Giacosa

featured, Italy: Piedmont

Antonio Galloni, Jan 2018

With the passing of Bruno Giacosa the wine world loses a titan. Bruno Giacosa’s accomplishments during a career that spanned eight decades are almost too many to list. Giacosa leaves behind a rich, eternal legacy of brilliant wines and unforgettable memories for those lucky enough to have spent time with the Maestro of Nebbiolo.