It truly is the most ridiculous comment and train of thought I hear from Restaurant and Retail Shop Owners as well as from Red Wine Lovers… “I Hate Syrah” Others include: “Syrah doesn’t sell in this state” (Insert State of Choice). “I drink Cabs, Merlots, Bordeaux but don’t give me Syrah”. It was bad enough […]Read More If You LIKE Red Wine You Can’t HATE Syrah!!
Barolo Is Not A Grape Many wine consumers think that Barolo and Barbaresco and even Gattinara are grapes or types of wine. Wrong! In the northwestern corner of Italy in Piedmont there is a Grape Varietal called “Nebbiolo” and it is used 100% in the Villages named Barolo, Barbaresco and Gattinara. Above is an aerial […]Read More Barolo, Barbaresco On A Budget!
La Spinona La Spinona is a company that represents its founder Pietro Berutti, a man of great experience who believed in Barbaresco since the 1940s. Pietro’s son Gualtiero, an experienced veterinary surgeon, brought his expertise not only to the breeding of Piemontese cattle, but also to the cultivation of the vineyards and selection of […]Read More La Spinona, A Man’s Best Friend
The Pope Of Italian Wine Everyone has a different palate. I don’t want you to take anyone’s review of a wine as the end all be all, including mine. When it comes to Ian D’Agata almost like Robert Parker on Bordeaux, or Allen Meadows “The Burghound” on Burgundy, my ears perk up, I pay attention […]Read More Ian D’Agata Speaks… I LISTEN!!
Chiavennasca (KEY–OV-UH-NASS-CUH) In The Northwest region of Italy known as Piedmont, Nebbiolo is used in 3 D.O.C.G villlages. Barolo, Barbaresco and Gattinara. All 3,Barolo the most popular are pretty pricey or at least around $45.00 Minimum Retail. In Langhe which is not a D.O.C.G. you get a better bang for your buck with Nebbiolo. In […]Read More A Poor Man’s Barolo And Barbaresco
As I state in the Video, most sommeliers refer to the area of Taurasi as “The Barolo Of The South” because of it big bold flavor profile. In My World it is just the opposite. I refer to Barolo as “The Taurasi Of The North. Seek out AGLIANICO (AH-Lee-On-Ee-C0) It is and always has been […]Read More My Personal Favorite Wine Grape Is Not Very Common : Aglianico
When you think of World Class Italian Wines most people even if they are in the Restaurant Business think of the Grape Sangiovese from Tuscany which produces famous wines as Chianti and Brunello Di Montalcino and Nebbiolo which produces the famous wines in the Northwest region of Piemonte such as Barolo, Barbaresco and Gattinara. As […]Read More TAURASI….The BAROLO Of The South!!
We have seen the word Reserve on many domestic wines from California, Washington State like the picture above of the Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon “Reserve”. Heck, even the crappy supermarket Kendall Jackson Chardonnay went from labeling it as the Vintner’s Blend to the Vintner;s “Reserve” just to market the wine to the uneducated […]Read More In America “Reserve” Means Nothing, In Europe Riserva or Reserva Means EVERYTHING!