Poderi Aldo Conterno, Monforte d’Alba (Photo ©Tom Hyland) Assembling my list of the Top 100 wine producers in Italy has been a fun as well as challenging assignment. There are going to be a few producers that don’t make the final cut, but that’s the nature of these lists. But imagine trying to put together … Continue reading Aldo Conterno – Top 100
The Classic Risotto with Vegetables – what Italian wines work with this dish? Everyone loves Italian food and naturally wants to pair Italian wines with this cuisine. What are the best pairings of Italian wine and food? I went to three authorities in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago and asked them what Italian wine … Continue reading Pairing Italian Wine and Food with the Experts
Luciana Currado, Vietti (Photo ©Tom Hyland) I had the pleasure of dining with Luciana Currado of the great Piemontese estate Vietti in Chicago yesterday. Currado was in town to taste out a number of wines, most importantly the brand new release of Barolo Villero Riserva 2004. I’ve known Luciana and her son Luca, who serves … Continue reading The Soul of Vietti
Giovanni Manzone and his son Mauro, Monforte d’Alba (Photo ©Tom Hyland) I recently wrote a post about 2007 Barolo; I sampled over 100 bottlings during my stay in Alba for the Nebbiolo Prima event in early May. That post focused on the qualities and characteristics of the 2007 vintage and how it compared to other … Continue reading Barolo- che preferisci?
Bottle of Massolino Vigna Rionda Barolo (Photo ©Tom Hyland) During my most recent visit to Piemonte, there was a lot of excitement about one particular Barolo cru, that of Vigna Rionda in Serralunga d’Alba. One of the owners recently passed away and the section he possessed is being divided up among three wineries, all of … Continue reading Vigna Rionda – a great cru in Serralunga
Paolo Manzone (with his wife Luisella) produced one of the top Barolos of 2007 (Photo ©Tom Hyland) I have just returned from a 10-day trip to the Langhe in Piemonte where I was able to taste soon-to-be released bottlings of three wine types produced entirely from the Nebbiolo grape: Roero Rosso (the new bottlings from … Continue reading 2007 Barolo – Initial Thoughts on an impressive vintage
Renato Ratti Winery (Photo ©Tom Hyland) On a hillside in the small frazione of Annunziata below the town of La Morra, the handsome winery of Renato Ratti overlooks some of the most beautiful landscapes in the Barolo zone. Today Pietro Ratti manages the winery, having succeeded his father Renato, a legendary figure in the development … Continue reading Renato Ratti – Top 100