Archive for September, 2009
Barolo is Italy’s top collectable wine. When Piedmonte winemakers wish to make Barolo or Barberesco the laws governing these wines require a certain time of aging, a minimum of 4 years. They can only then be classified as such. Any excess wine can only be sold as table wine, even though the final products are relatively the same. Hence the creation of “Bastardo”.
This blend of red wines may be a breakthrough in wine making. In essence this wine is the illegitimate son of a Barolo, hence the name. Full bodied this variety is excellent with game, red meat, pasta, rich cheese, or on it’s own.
The aroma is fruity and the taste is soft and smooth. Lots of fruit, low tannins, and hint of spice on the finish. Not as bold as Barolo but very similar flavor. An amazing value at around $8. The vintage we tasted was from 2002 and it has held up well.
Graham, one of Portugal’s top port producers, has released this very drinkable everyday Port. It derives its name from the traditional cask markings used to denote the finest wines from each harvest. Only rich young wines of superior quality are used to make this blend. The six varieties are Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Amarela, and Tinto Cao.
Six Grapes is bottled relatively young to conserve its fresh assertive style and is not subject to fining ot filtration to ensure that it retains its superb, delicious fruit concentration. Six Grapes is released for immediate enjoyment and does not require decanting.
Even though Six Grapes is truly a port wine, it is quite soft and lite. It is great after a meal with chocolate, or any time with sharp cheeses. Actually it goes good with some meals that can handle a juicy heavy tasting wine. At $16 this is an amazing value, and a great way for folks new to port to explore the variety without going broke.
Do fast cars and Italian wine go well together? You bet they do when the cars are the Formula1 racing machines at top speed on the Monza track, and the wines are Piemonte Barolos. If you are a car and a wine fanatic you simply must see the Monza race and spend at least a week touring the Piemonte region of Italy.
Welcome to “Da Felicin”
Felicin is a hotel and restaurant surrounded by the green of Langhe, whose history unfolds alongside the Rocca family history. Three generations taking care of a way of life in which the relationship between man and land is essential, gives soul to a project of cooking as food culture.