Vineyards at Serralunga d’Alba in the heart of the Barolo zone with the snow-covered Alps in the background (Photo ©Tom Hyland) Eric Asimov, wine writer for the New York Times, penned an excellent column on October 17 about the 2010 Barolos. (read here). I almost don’t even have to use the word “excellent” for Asimov’s work, … Continue reading Approachable 2010 Barolos
Danilo Drocco, Winemaker, Fontanafredda, Serralunga d’Alba (Photo ©Tom Hyland) I recently interviewed Danilo Drocco, winemaker at the historic Fontanafredda estate in Serralunga d’Alba in the heart of the Barolo zone. Below is the initial text from the interview for wine-searcher.com Where were you born? I was born in the area, in a little … Continue reading Interview with Danilo Drocco
Alex Pilas, Executive Chef, Eataly, New York City In mid-July, I was honored to co-teach an Italian wine and food class at Eataly in New York City with Dan Amatuzzi, wine educator for the store. The experience was great and I want to thank everyone at Eataly that assisted in this class. That’s about all … Continue reading Learning about Italian Wine and Food at Eataly
Numerous people have asked me how I selected the specific wines for my book Beyond Barolo and Brunello: Italy’s Most Distinctive Wines. I think some of them want to know if these wines received a particular high rating or award in a certain wine publication; the easy answer is that the book is my guide to … Continue reading Little-Known Italian Wine Surprises
1961 Fontanafredda Barolo On Tuesday night in Chicago, on a day where the high temperature reached a tick or two above 100 degrees, I hosted a Barolo dinner at Vivere Restaurant at The Italian Village. The fact that the dinner was sold out is not only testimony of the passion of the wonderful people who … Continue reading The Brilliance of Barolo – An Unforgettable Dinner
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?
Vineyards below the town of La Morra (Photo ©Tom Hyland) I’ve just returned from Piemonte, tasting new releases of Barbaresco (2007) and Barolo (2006). I briefly wrote about these wines on my other blog (read here and here). Now I would like to go into a bit more depth on Piemontese reds in general. The … Continue reading New Reds from Piemonte – Maintaining Heritage