Whilst we’re in the season of Piemonte, with the competition and everything, I thought I’d continue with a kind of Piemonte 101. As we heard from last time, Piemonte’s up in the North West of Italy, in that little bit in between France, Switzerland, and the sea. Directly translated to “the foot of the mountains” it’s where the alps calm down a bit and the hills start.
We’re closing in towards the end of the competition we’re running to give away a Lazenne WineCheck of 12 bottles of amazing Piemontese wines. This week it’s time to highlight the work and wines of our penultimate winemaker, Fabrizio Francone from Neive, whose vineyards are a great place to tour and taste great wines!
For the next four weeks of the posts on the Great Piemontese Wine Giveaway I’m going to be dedicating a blog to each of the four (exceptionally kind) producer that have volunteered to be part of this and have each donated 3 bottles of their great wines to fill up the Lazenne Winecheck for the big prize. First up it’s the man, the myth, and the growing legend that is Enrico Rivetto!
Last weekend my sister got married. Did we ever think we’d see the day? 🙂 Only kidding, of course we did, and I’m lucky that the fella in question is a top guy and we’re all very happy to welcome him into the family. Especially after the two of the sorted us out with the best wedding meal I’ve ever had!
Where the bloody hell has the time gone? The wife and I have to drive home next week, back to Blighty and start real life all over again! Time has 100% got away from me since I’ve been here and, as per bloody usual, I’m rushing to do everything I need to do in the last few days. There was no way I could have left here without seeing my mate, Pier.
When I was a student there was always the slight issue of having next to no money! I didn’t complain too much, nearly no one around me had any either. But no matter how little you had, you always tried to make sure there was enough for a bit of booze at the end of the week. All else failed, you go mine sweeping!
Last week, when Conrad from the Wine Wankers was over from Australia, a few producers in a place called Serralunga D’Alba decided to get together and put on a tasting night for him. He kindly invited me along to join in, which was very nice of him. All sounded very nice to me. What actually happened blew us both away!
Nebbiolo is the grape that’s used to make Barbaresco. Round here (where I am now in Northern Italy) you can buy Nebbiolo made from outside the DOCG regions of Barbaresco and Barolo, and it tastes pretty good. But for many reasons, it’s just not the same.
For people who like to pop into the supermarket and pick up a bottle or two of wine every now and again, Italian wines will be no stranger to them. There’s the famous idea of Tuscany, the home of the ever-present Chianti. There’s Sicily, whose marketing co-ops have thrust their solid wines onto the £5 a bottle shelves. You think of Pinot Grigio, you might even think of Soave, but until you’ve been introduced to it, very few people think about Piemonte.
Here we are at week 4 already!
So we’ve gone for a couple of new world (roughly speaking that means non-european) wines so far, and one from the old world. We’ve had a couple of whites, and just the one red. So just to even it all up it’s an old world red, and this week I’ve chosen a grape variety called Barbera from Italy.
Barbera as a grape is grown in the north west of Italy in a region called Piemonte. Any of you who know your maps know this is right up in the top left, with Torino as the region’s capital.