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Book Excerpt - Barolo MGA Vol. I, 2nd Edition

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Alessandro Masnaghetti, Sep 2018

The 2nd edition of Barolo MGA, The Barolo Great Vineyard Encyclopedia is the result of a quarter century of study, unlocking the mysteries of why Barolo's soil produces such profound wines. Representing an incredible 11 years of work, it demands a place in the library of anyone who loves Barolo. And that includes owners of the 1st edition.

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Cellar Favorite: 1971 Cantina Mascarello Barolo

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Antonio Galloni, Sep 2018

The 1971 Barolo from Cantina Mascarello is a relic from a time when Piedmont was a very different place than it is today, in many more ways than one.

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Omaggio a Beppe Rinaldi

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Antonio Galloni, Sep 2018

"Il Barolo deve essere un vino austero, potente, senza frutta", mi diceva spesso Beppe Rinaldi. Nelle sue mani, i vini erano spesso così. Ma parlare del vino è quasi superfluo quando si guarda indietro alla vita straordinaria dell'uomo che fu prima di tutto un'icona culturale ed intellettuale, ed un produttore di vino solamente in secondo luogo. Purtroppo, Rinaldi ha perso la sua battaglia con la malattia pochi giorni prima del suo settantesimo compleanno. Lascia un retaggio ricco e sfaccettato che vivrà per sempre sotto la guida di sua moglie, Annalisa, e le figlie Marta e Carlotta.

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A Tribute to Beppe Rinaldi

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Antonio Galloni, Sep 2018

“Barolo must be an austere, powerful wine, without fruit,” Beppe Rinaldi often told me. In his hands, the wines were often just that. But to talk about wine is almost superfluous in looking back at the remarkable life of a man who was first and foremost a cultural and intellectual icon, and a winemaker a close second. Sadly, Rinaldi lost his battle with illness a few days short of his seventieth birthday. He leaves behind a rich, multi-faceted legacy that will live forever under the stewardship of his wife, Annalisa, and daughters Marta and Carlotta.

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Cellar Favorite: 1971 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo

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Antonio Galloni, Aug 2018

The essence of old-school Barolo. That pretty much sums up the Barolo Battista Rinaldi crafted in 1971. From the moment it is opened, the 1971 is special.

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

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Antonio Galloni, Aug 2018

In all of the years I have been visiting Piedmont I have never dined at Il Cascinale Nuovo, a local institution that celebrates its fiftieth birthday in 2018. What an oversight. I won’t let that happen again.

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Cellar Favorite: 1995 Fratelli Alessandria Barolo Monvigliero

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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

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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

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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

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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.