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Arlaux Champagne

Experiencing Arlaux Champagne

Are you curious about some of the smaller houses in Champagne? Such as Arlaux Champagne? More to the point, have you wondered about how a majority of Pinot Meunier in… More »

Beaujolais Nouveau Duboeuf

Le Beaujolais Nouveau Est Arrive

What a fabulous kickoff for the new vintage of Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau last night! The elegant venue for the launch of Beaujolais Nouveau was Bouley Botanical with the stars of… More »

Tenuta Carretta

Visiting Tenuta Carretta in Piobesi d’Alba

“Welcome to our castle Tenuta Carretta,” says lovely Gaia Manno, standing outside a 12th century castle in remarkably good repair. With the rolling hillsides in the background, and very few… More »

Visiting Piedmonte 2016: The Producers

Recently I had the chance to explore a variety of wineries, large and small, in the Piedmonte region of Italy. The trip was created by Vini del Piedmonte, the Consortium… More »

Josetta Saffirio

Visiting Josetta Saffirio Winery in Monforte d’Alba

Did you ever imagine what it must be like to be a young woman, about 21 or so, in the beginning of the 1970s with a strong passion to be… More »

Terre del Barolo

Visiting Terre de Barolo in Barolo

So many exciting things are going on at Terre de Barolo since my last 2014 visit I can hardly contain myself! First, in addition to longstanding enologist/technical director Danielle Ponzo… More »

Paulo Gallo of Montalbera

Meeting Paolo Gallo of Montalbera for a Taste of Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato

Imagine you are a producer in the Castagnole Monferrato area of Piedmont, and you have a sleek new winery named Montalbera, an exciting young winemaker named Paolo Gallo who speaks… More »

Visiting Sylla Sebaste in Barolo

“Hello – I’m Eduardo,” says a tall young man as we enter the Sylla Sebaste winery in Barolo. It is a cold, grey day, but the Sylla Sebaste winery is… More »

Cascina Castlet

Visiting Cascina Castlet in Piedmont

“Welcome,” says elegant Maria Borio, owner of the Cascina Castlet winery in Costigliole d’Asti, as we enter her personal two story apartment for our wine tasting. We are in Monferatto,… More »

Costa Catterina

Visiting the Costa Catterina Farm in Roero DOCG

“Welcome,” says lovely, charming Antonella Arrigo, welcoming me to Costa Catterina, her small family owned winery – the same one her husband’s family owned for four generations. The tasting room… More »

Visiting the Malvira Winery in Roero DOCG

“And now,” says charismatic young winemaker Giacomo Damonte of the Malvira Winery, lining up several bottles of white wine. “We will try the Arneis!” In case you have not heard… More »

Week of November 12, 2016

Two events recently made me eager to try and compare these wines. The first was a visit to Piedmont last week, where I was able to taste an assortment of… More »

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