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Vino della Settimana–08 Dolcetto di Dogliani San Luigi, by Chionetti

What we will be doing when we’re past 86 years old, I don’t know, but we find a lot of inspiration in Quinto Chionetti.  A 86 year old winemaker, still going strong, still making the best Dolcettos around, defending is … Continue reading

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Vino della Settimana–2009 Barbera d’Asti Tre Vigne, by Vietti

If we were to say which winemakers’ bottles we (or the restaurants or wine bars we visit)open most often, Vietti would be one of them (together with Altare and Cavallotto).  Strange then how seldom Vietti, and the other usual suspects, … Continue reading

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Vino Della Settimana–07 Barbera d’Alba Cascina Nuova, by Mauro Veglio

How come it took so long for Mauro Veglio to be Wine of the Week? Ever since that infamous trip to La Morra that landed us in Corte Gondina, and Corino, Altare and Veglio on our first tasting day, we’ve … Continue reading

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Is it possible to ever slow down the Bordeaux marketing machine?

Last week the vino writers, buyers, and sellers of the World went to Bordeaux, to taste the 2011 wines out of barrel.  Not a great vintage by any means, but even in the week leading up to the marketing event, … Continue reading

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Vino della Settimana–09 Dolcetto d’Alba, by Cappellano

We have been pondering this for a while – would we dishonor the late Teobaldo Cappellano’s wishes if we wrote about the winery or their wines here?  This was up when we thought the 99 Barolo Pie Rupestris Otin Fiorin … Continue reading

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Wine Journalism–Apples and Apples, or Apples and Pears?

The world’s best wine magazine (according to itself), Decanter (of UK), calls Bordeaux 2010 vintage “an embarrassment of riches”.  The same magazine says “Tight, Tannic” (a clever attempt at “Titanic” – the vintage is going down…?) about Barolo 2006.  One of their … Continue reading

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Top 11 favorite wines of the year (2011)

How can one possibly distinguish between all the great wines in the world, and in a world that ultimately is defined by personal differences in taste? Especially people like us, who has no professional wine title to our name, nor … Continue reading

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Vino della Settimana – 07 Langhe Nebbiolo Gavarini, by Elio Grasso

Thanksgiving and wine pairing has been a ongoing debate forever.  It’s so much more than Turkey, more a feast of diverse food if you like. With a variety of sweet pies to round it all of.   As the old rule … Continue reading

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Vino della Settimana – 2009 Dolcetto d’Alba, by Elio Altare

Ask a Piemontese winemaker what his or her favorite wine is, and they will you it’s a red burgundy (some will prefer whites, and then a white burgundy or a riesling is the answer). Few vignerons in Burgundy will return … Continue reading

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Vino della Settimana – 2006 Barbera d’Alba Ciabot Du Re, by Fratelli Revello

It might just be me, but I often find that the wines the Revello brothers are hard to get a hold of, and that they somehow drown in the sheer quantity of Barolos and Barberas coming from the region.   … Continue reading

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