Casa Vinicola Scarpa is a venerable house, producing, among other wines, Barolo
and Barbera that virtually no one in the States is familiar with. Not imported for the past two decades, Scarpa has nonetheless continued to produce some utterly convincing Barolos and one of the world's greatest expressions of Barbera.
I was thrilled to have been able to arrange a Grand Tasting of their wines for a group of wine writers who were in New York City last month as guests of Snooth as part of our People’s Voice Wine Awards. Among all the events scheduled over the course of a long weekend, this Scarpa tasting was the first, and in some ways the most gratifying for me. You might already know that I love the wines of Piedmont, and being able to introduce the wines of Scarpa to such an esteemed audience was a real treat.
It's also a treat to be able to read about the event and the wines from several perspectives, which at the end of the day was the real purpose of the PVA Wine Writer's Weekend. The value of a viewpoint by itself is debatable, but the value of multiple viewpoints increases the value of each.