Italy: Wines For Every Palate

  As soon as I suggest to a consumer retail or in Restaurants, Italian Wine, they hold their hands up and say they don’t like Chianti and they hate Pinot Grigio. I need you to be a little more open minded because in my professional opinion, no other country that produces wine has something for […]

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Barolo, Barbaresco On A Budget!

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 […]

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La Spinona, A Man’s Best Friend

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 […]

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This Ruché (Roo-Kay) For Rookies

One Rare Italian Grape Ruché (pronounced in English (Roo-kay) is a red  Grape variety from the Piedmont region. It is largely used in making Ruché di Castagnole Monferrato, a small production red varietal wine which was granted D.O.C status by presidential decree on October 22, 1987, and was granted the more prestigious Denominazione di Origine […]

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Dogliani.. It’s All About Dolcetto !

In my Restaurant Somm Days just like this sign says I thought Dolcetto D’Alba from the Northwest Italian Region of Piedmont, was an “EVERYDAY WINE”. I found them very boring and one dimensional to be perfectly honest and very rarely drink one.  Then I Learned About “DOGLIANI” Everyone, even a Master Sommelier, learns something new […]

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Barbera D’Asti..Have It Your Way!!

It’s From ASTI But Not Moscato ASTI is the town not the grape. Yes that village is famous for Moscato but that isn’t the only grape they grow. BARBERA D’ASTI , not to be confused with HANNAH BARBERA (They made The Flintstones Cartoon) is also widely planted in the other village located in the Northwestern Region of […]

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