Barolo e bene!

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Submitted by Prima Donna on Tue, 2006-10-24 16:11

I've just returned from a press trip to the Piemonte region of Italy, and I must say that I've developed a passion for Barolo. I hadn't had much exposure to Italian reds before this trip, but we tasted so many wonderful bottles that I'll have a hard time returning to the French reds after this. One of the best was from the vineyards of Gianni Gagliardo, the founder of the famous Barolo wine auction. Are there any other Barolo fans here? I also love Moscato d'Asti -- I always have, but found some wonderful producers that I don't think can be found here easily. I'll post a list a bit later.

Luckily, we visited Piemonte just in time for the white truffle festival, so one morning I was treated to a brunch of sunny-side up eggs with shaved truffles and a nice big glass of Barolo. Helluva way to start the day. Smiling Naturally I recorded everything, so some shows will be coming out in the next few weeks on my adventure, one of which included traipsing through the woods with a truffle-hunting dog.

Gawd this is fun! Laughing out loud

-- Jennifer

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Truffles, truffles, truffles

Prima Donna's picture

Ok, part one of my Italian adventure is now live if you'd like to hear me running through the woods after a truffle-hunting dog. Smiling (Scroll down to "Latest episode.")

I'm totally psyched, because the show has gotten more than 20,000 downloads since last night. Woot!


-- Food Philosophy. Sensuality. Sass.

Excellent wine

Daniel Walden's picture

Though I admit my experience with wine isn't extensive (since I can still only legally drink when abroad), I did get to taste a number of lovely Italian wines this past summer. The usual fare with dinner was a bottle of Chianti Classico, although we did occasionally drink Roccata (a super-Tuscan from Roca della Macie) and, once, a bottle of Brunello di Montalcino. The Chianti was good, but it got a bit boring after a while. The Roccata was lovely...dark and smooth, perfect for an afternoon drink or as a complement to an evening meal. But the Brunello was the king for me; it had so many layers of flavor that each sip was something new, and I found that it went down without even a hint of protest. Sadly, with U.S. import taxes on wine, I won't be able to afford a good bottle for a long while yet!

Falling in love

Prima Donna's picture

Melissa, Moscato d'Asti is indeed easy to love. I brought home 5 bottles from various producers. Smiling Come to NY and we can share a bottle!

I also discovered my new preference over port: Barolo Chinato. It is a spiced wine with almost a mulled wine taste, and it is the kind of sip that will warm you right to the toes on a cold winter day. Deeeelicious.

Alas, I left my full list of wines at home, as I'm staying in NYC for the week, but I'll post it when I return on Tuesday.


-- Food Philosophy. Sensuality. Sass.


Melissa Lepley's picture

I don't know about the Barolo wine, but Moscato d'Asti has been my very favorite ever since I started drinking. I think it was the first wine I ever had... Smiling I've been in love ever since!

Glad to hear your trip was so great! Laughing out loud


"Shiny. Let's be bad guys."


ethan_dawe's picture

I've said in several places that Barolo is the wine that got me loving wine. It's simply wonderful!



Prima Donna's picture

Actually, pigs are no longer used by most truffle hunters, as they have a rather nasty tendency to eat the truffles. Truffles are not palatable to dogs, however, so the situation works out quite well. The little fungi are just one more pair of stinky socks for the dogs to find. Eye


-- Food Philosophy. Sensuality. Sass.

Truffle hunting?!

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Ever since I read _A Year in Provence_, I have been dying to go truffle hunting. I had envisioned doing it with a pig, but a dog would work too I guess. Your trip sounds fabulous.


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