My new book The Wines and Foods of Piemonte is the result of more than 15 years of traveling to this great wine region and getting to know dozens of the most influential wine producers, winemakers and chefs. I have included more than twenty one-on-one interviews with these individuals in my book; these serve both as … Continue reading Insight from Piemontese Producers and Chefs
Pietro Ratti, Proprietor, Renato Ratti, Annunziata, La Morra (Photo ©Tom Hyland) Continuing with my lists of the Best Italian Wines of 2011, here is the initial post of red wines, focusing on Piemonte and Veneto. In the next two posts, I will write about last year’s top reds from Toscana, Campania, Puglia, Sicilia and several … Continue reading Best Italian Red Wines of the Year – Part One
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?
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
I have previously written about Barolo and listed several of my favorite producers in this area. Now I would like to briefly discuss a few of those producers, as arranged by commune. This post will deal with five of the finest vintners of La Morra, right in the heart of the Barolo zone. RENATO RATTI … Continue reading Barolos of La Morra