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Vinous Table: La Ciau del Tornavento, Treiso, Italy

Vinous Table, Piedmont, Italy, Italy: Piedmont

Ian D'Agata, Dec 2018

One of Italy’s best and most beautiful restaurants, La Ciau del Tornavento offers memorable views of the vineyards and one of the country’s “top ten” wine cellars, making it a must-visit, especially in the off-season.

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Cellar Favorite: 1990 Gaja Barbaresco Costa Russi

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, Piedmont, Italy: Piedmont

Antonio Galloni, Nov 2018

The 1990 Barbaresco Costa Russi brings back a rush of memories from a tasting that feels like it happened just yesterday. Time has been exceedingly kind to the 1990.

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Cellar Favorite: 2002 Luciano Sandrone Nebbiolo d’Alba Valmaggiore

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, Piedmont, Italy: Piedmont

Antonio Galloni, Nov 2018

Through severe cropping and selection, Sandrone made a Valmaggiore in 2002 that is truly eye opening.

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2014 Barolo: Late Releases

featured, Piedmont, Italy: Piedmont

Antonio Galloni, Nov 2018

The 2014 Barolo vintage offers readers plenty of intriguing options, although a little work is required to cull out the gems and avoid wines that were affected by a growing season with some of the most challenging conditions in recent memory. In a few cases, growers decided not to bottle some or all of their top single-vineyard wines, making a number of the entry-level Barolos particularly compelling. I remain just as excited by the top 2014 Barolos as I was when I first started tasting the wines in November of that year.

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Cellar Favorite: 1955 Cantina Mascarello Barolo

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, Italy: Piedmont

Antonio Galloni, Oct 2018

What a thrill it is to taste Cantina Mascarello’s 1955 Barolo from a perfectly stored and cared for bottiglione, a traditional Piedmontese large format that is no longer used.

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Barbaresco – Out of the Shadows: The 2016s & 2015s

featured, Italy: Piedmont

Antonio Galloni, Oct 2018

I came away from my late summer tastings of Barbarescos deeply impressed. Reference-point estates are upping their game, while a number of ambitious, young winemakers are making significant improvements in quality. The 2016 Barbarescos, wines from a potentially historic vintage, are hugely promising. As I traveled from producer to producer, I experienced that sense of excitement and energy I always feel when in the presence of important vintages and wines.

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Malvirà Roero Arneis Vigna Renesio: 2007 – 2015

featured, Verticals & Retrospectives, Piedmont, Italy: Piedmont

Ian D'Agata, Oct 2018

Arneis is an Italian native white grape that can give remarkably charming wines with early appeal and juicy fruitiness. Malvirà’s outstanding Vigna Renesio bottling shows that Arneis can also produce layered, ageworthy wines.

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Book Excerpt - Barolo MGA Vol. I, 2nd Edition

featured, Piedmont, Italy: Piedmont

Alessandro Masnaghetti, Sep 2018

The 2nd edition of Barolo MGA, The Barolo Great Vineyard Encyclopedia is the result of a quarter century of study, unlocking the mysteries of why Barolo's soil produces such profound wines. Representing an incredible 11 years of work, it demands a place in the library of anyone who loves Barolo. And that includes owners of the 1st edition.

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Cellar Favorite: 1971 Cantina Mascarello Barolo

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, Piedmont, Italy: Piedmont

Antonio Galloni, Sep 2018

The 1971 Barolo from Cantina Mascarello is a relic from a time when Piedmont was a very different place than it is today, in many more ways than one.

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A Tribute to Beppe Rinaldi

featured, Piedmont, Italy: Piedmont

Antonio Galloni, Sep 2018

“Barolo must be an austere, powerful wine, without fruit,” Beppe Rinaldi often told me. In his hands, the wines were often just that. But to talk about wine is almost superfluous in looking back at the remarkable life of a man who was first and foremost a cultural and intellectual icon, and a winemaker a close second. Sadly, Rinaldi lost his battle with illness a few days short of his seventieth birthday. He leaves behind a rich, multi-faceted legacy that will live forever under the stewardship of his wife, Annalisa, and daughters Marta and Carlotta.