Going all out at the Dalla Terra Annual Wine tasting in Houston

Everything is bigger in the US, and everything in Texas is even bigger. It’s true, even at wine tasting.  Not that they get out the magnums necessarily, but at Dalla Terra’s annual wine tasting at Dolce Vita yesterday afternoon they got out the good stuff for everyone to taste.  Case in point, I’ve been to multiple wine tastings with Vietti wines around the world, and I ‘ve been at the family winery itself, but yesterday was a first when it came to taste their Barolo Brunate.

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Wineries represented were: Vietti, Casanova di Neri, Avignonesi, Adami, Marchesi di Gresy, Alois Lageder, Saracco, Selvapiana, Tenuta Sant’Antonio, Badia a Coltibuono, Inama, Li Veli, La Valentina, and Felluga.  Who not only had a capacity crowd tasting their wines, but getting the history, the stories, and the Wine 101, to go with it.

Marchesydi Gresy

 

My personal favorites were, aside from Vietti’s 06 Brunate, the 2004 Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto by Casanova di Neri (although a bit shut down, the wet earth, dark plum and sheer fruitiness, make this a wine in the top drawer), the 2007 Chianti Rufina Riserva Bucerchiale from Selvapiana (smoke, spice and generous fruit), and the Barbera duo exhibited by Vietti:  2007 Barbera d’Alba Scarrone Vigna Vecchia (elegant, fruity, and layered), and the 2006 Barbera ‘d’Alba La Crena, always a personal favorite (minerally and Barolo-like violets).  And, yes, the 2006 Brunate.  Who might end up 20 year from now a one of the classic and historic wines.

 

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All in all, a fun crowd, a diverse set-up of wine makers, ranging from new and upcoming stars like Achille Boroli to the royal-like and historic figure of Alberto di Gresy, and everything in between.

Boroli

 

Dolce Vita was an excellent venue for wine tasting, and the people representing the host Dalla Terra was more than accommodating, attentive, and passionate. Gloria and Marco Wiles, who also runs Da Marco (restaurant) and Poscol (vinoteca and salumeria), has created a good atmosphere at the pizzeria and enoteca Dolce Vita.

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