Piedmont All Stars Barolo Versus Barbaresco

Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 07:30 PM

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"Good wine needs no bush."
 (from: As you like It) William Shakespear 1564-1616 English Dramatist & Poet


October is almost over!  We still have a lot of GREAT tastings coming up to finish up the month, including our first sweet wine tasting on Halloween!!  November goes by quickly and then we close the Wine Bar till after Christmas and then it’s time for our 3rd annual big bottle big ballers New Year’s Eve party! Check out the calendar of events to see everything we have planned for the next two months because we already have a few events that have sold out in November and December!

Barolo is one of the world’s most age worthy wines, but there is very little of these older vintage wines available on the open market today.   I like to compare these Italian treasures to the great wines of Burgundy, another region that deals with harsh conditions with a varietal that is very finicky. Nebbiolo like Pinot Noir only produces great wines in the a few areas of the world.

Join us as we experience some of the best producers from both Barolo and Barbaresco going back to the epic 1969 vintage- hey that’s my vintage!  This will be a night of vintage Piedmont wines and a menu focusing on black truffles, an incredible evening of both wine and food.  This tasting which includes dinner is limited to 12 tasters.  The fee for this event is $195 + tax, for reservations call 954-523-9463 or e-mail andy@winewatch.com.



Vintage Barolo and Barbaresco Piedmont Wine Tasting
Saturday, October 26th
1969 Giovanni Scavino Barolo
1974 Scarpa Barbaresco Podere Barberis
List Price: $695.00             Your Price: $611.60          Quantity in Stock: 4
1999 Pelissero Barbaresco Vanotu
1999 Aldo Conterno Barolo Granbussia
2000 Aldo Conterno Barolo Riserva Granbussia
2006 Moccagatta Barbaresco Bric Balin
2007 Elio Altare Barolo Arborina
2007 Produttori dei Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Paje
2008 Roberto Voerzio La Serra Barolo
List Price: $195.00             Your Price: $171.60          Quantity in Stock: 2
2009 Produttori del Barbaresco Riserva Montefico


Reggiano Parmasan Prociutto and Extra Vigrin Olives
Bone Marrow with Black Truffles and Orange Gremolata
Nebbiolo Risotto with Black Truffles
Veal Osso Bucco Ravioli with Black Truffle and Barolo Natural Sauce

This tasting is limited to 12 tasters.  The fee for this event is $195 + tax, for reservations call 954-523-9463 or e-mail andy@winewatch.com.  Let us know when you make your reservation if you have any food allergies and Toni will be happy to accommodate you.

A brief History of Barolo

Barolo has a long history of wine production, the area was named some 400 years ago and probably came from the Celtic brolio or brol, meaning "wood" or "orchard".   The region of Barolo encompasses approximately 3,000 acres of vines situated southwest of the town of Alba, in all or part of 11 communes.  First is La Morra, with nearly one-third of the total acreage.  Following in decreasing order are Serralunga d’alba, Monforte d’Alba, Barolo, and Castiglione Falletto, and parts of six other villages.  One of the most famous and most sought after vineyards in Barolo is Cannubi. 

There are two main valleys in the Barolo production zone: the Barolo Valley to the west, and the Serralunga Valley to the east.  La Morra and Barolo itself are the major villages in the western valley, which also encompasses Cherasco, Novello, Roddi d’Alba, Castiglione Falletto and Monforte are the major towns;  Diano d’Alba and Grinzane Cavour are also included in this district.  There are distinct characteristics that are indigenous to the wines of various area:  the wines of Serralunga Valley have suggestions of licorice and tar, the Barolos of Serralunga itself display camphor and mint; those from Castiglione Falleto have a pronounced licorice characteristic as well as nuances of spice, mint, dried peaches, and prunes; those from Monforte recall spices, mint hazelnuts, and almonds.  The wines from the Barolo Valley bring up underbrush and truffle, as well as licorice.  Those wines from the village of Barolo have less of a licorice character but more suggestions of underbrush, truffles, and mint.  The wines of la Morra, especially those from the slopes, combine nuances of white truffle, mint, tobacco, spices, cherries, and blackberries and those from Cannubi display motes of white truffles, underbrush, raspberries, and black cherries. 

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