1.) Which wine first won your heart?2003 La Rasina Brunello di Montalcino and 2003 Collelceto Brunello di Montalcino. Wines that stayed with me and have affected me are never just about the palate experience but the personal experience surrounding that glass as well.
2.) If you could have an endless supply of just one bottle, what would it be?Bruno Giacosa Barbera D'Alba. A fantastic "food wine" and great as a single, thoughtful glass at the end of the night.
3.) What would you pour for someone who swears they don't like wine?Bubbles! Probably a Prosecco or Franciacorta Rose. But, Italy makes a ton of fantastic sparkling wines from other grapes like malvasia, erbaluce, lambrusco, fiano- the list goes on. They are fun and friendly and go down the hatch easily.
4.) If you could settle in any major wine region, which would it be (and why)?Well, considering my track record and my blog, it would have to be in Italy. Where in Italy? Tough decision. As much as I want to say Campania (at Bruno De Conciliis' house), I will have to go with Piedmont. The hills of Barolo, Barbaresco and Monforte D'Alba are truly beautiful and steeped in history. And the wine- so, so good. Piedmont is also close to my beloved Ligurian coast, a stone's throw from France and a neighbor of Valle d'Aoste which is a region making some really exciting wine.
5.) What wine trend do you think (or hope) is almost over?The mass production of tasteless wines from unknown places and the carbon footprints left to ship it all the way around the world to sell it to consumers for 3 bucks. Why? Cheap everyday wine should be LOCAL wine.
6.) What trends do you see on the horizon?Tetra Paks, bulk wine from local producers and Wine Chap (wine lists online a la Menupages).
7.) What are the biggest values on the market today?Croatia, Hungary, Slovenia. And I have a sinking feeling age worthy "Brunellos" may be on the market for a lot less than usual.
8.) What’s the biggest myth about wine you’d like to dispel?That you have to know a lot about it to enjoy it. And that there is only one "right" way to enjoy it -- like people shouldn't like oaky California Chardonnays or juicy fruit bombs from Australia.
9.) What’s the best food and wine pairing you’ve ever had?In Reggio Emilia at a restaurant called Il Pozzo, I sat for dinner with winemaker Alberto Medici. He chose a selection of his wines for the night and we collaborated (read- he suggested) on the food to be paired. My secondo, or main course, was a medium rare filet mignon covered in a reduced aged balsamic sauce with caramelized cippolini onions. In my glass was recent Tre Bicchiere winner 2008 Medici Ermete Concerto Lambrusco. To have lambrusco in this way, not just with pizza and salami, was an opera in my mouth.
10.) You're on your deathbed, and you can get one final glass: What’ll it be?Literally any wine from Leone Conti. If I must choose one, perhaps the Nontiscordardime (Forget Me Not) Albana di Romagna passito. A sweet way to end it all.
Bruno Giacosa Barbera d'Alba
"A fantastic "food wine" and great as a single, thoughtful glass at the end of the night."
2003 La Rasina Brunello di Montalcino
"Wines that stayed with me and have affected me are never just about the palate experience, but the personal experience surrounding that glass as well."