Piedmont Wine

 

The name in Italian means “foot of the mountain,” given its location at the foot of the Alps and the Appenine Mountains. These help to moderate the hot and dry summers, with cool, foggy springs and autumns, and frigid winters. There are a whopping 52 DOC/DOCGs zones, with the most famous being Asti (for both Moscato d’Asti and Asti Spumante), the two Barbera districts, Barbaresco, the six Dolcetto districts, the Freisas, the Grignolinos, Langhe, Monferato and of course, Barolo Chinato. Tradition is the region’s most valued currency, and no other region in Italy, perhaps the world, holds as much importance to tradition in respect to sense of place, methods of viticulture and loyalty to craftsmanship as the Piedmontese. In Piedmont there are no IGT’s (a non-specific regional label with loose standards for ingredients and methods).
 
Piedmont has undergone many landlords. It was first settled by the Celtics, then the Greeks, then the Romans, then the marauding Read more »

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  • Dolcetto

    History of the grape: The name means “little sweet one” in Italian. Dolcetto, along with Barbera and Nebbiolo is one ...

  • Muscat Blanc À Petits Grains

    History of the grape: From Greece, Muscat was brought into Crimea in the Soviet Union where it was spread into what i...

  • Barbera

    History of the grape: Barbera is a native to the Piedmont, where it has been growing for centuries, and is now the fo...

  • Nebbiolo

    History of the grape: Two schools of thought exist as to the origins of Nebbiolo (which means “little fog” either for...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

Subregions of Piedmont

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  • Ettore Germano

    The "Germano Ettore" estate lies on one of the most important crus of Serralunga d'Alba named "Ce...

  • Carlo Giacosa

    Since in Barbaresco the vine was not the Mistress of the hills, Donato Giacosa, the father of ...

  • Vietti

    Since 1974 certain Vietti wines have been dressed with specially-designed original works (lithogr...

  • Coppo

    The Coppo family history intertwines with the development of the City of Canelli, which in the ea...

  • Massolino

    Established in 1896 by Giovanni Massolino, the winery has been dedicated to the production of gre...

  • Bel Colle

    "BEL COLLE", or rather a modern wine producing company and a wine of quality. The company was est...

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Piedmont on Snooth

  • Mauro Veglio Barbera d'Alba 2014

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    Strange wine. Moldy nose. (May be corked.) Very unusual mouthfeelseems weighty. Very dulled flavor of dried fruit. Then, some saltiness. (?) Lots of tart acidity like I might expect from a Chianti, but more a fuller body than a Chianti. It will be easy to pass up on this wine the next time I see it on a store shelf. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Pretty good price allowing a bigger plunge--get this Gattinara while the ... ... ... Coste della Sesia DOC Piedmont, Italy 2012 Many of you are familiar with Nebbiolo’s uncanny ability to capture finessed perfume, freshness and grip unlike any other varietal. Although the most famous and expensive examples of Nebbiolo are from Barolo and Barb... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • 1 x 2013 Togni Cabernet Magnum (Impulse buy)1 x 2013 Tempier La Tourtine1 x ... in Dolgiani, a sub-region of Piedmont where Dolcetto is the star, not content to play backup to Nebbiolo or Barbera. All of the best sites in the area are planted to Dolcetto, producing wines that are deep, concentrated and complex. Abbona uses micro-oxygenation, o... Read More

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  • I've seen the Cavallotto label over the years appearing plenty on-line, ... friend of mine who gets to Piedmont often really loves the wines, and I seem to think Cavallotto is getting more traction in the US in recent years. So time to see if I like the wines enough to invest before the demand really bumps up?So here's the 2011 Cavollotto Bric... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Any Barolo experts here...?


  • She has a pretty good palate.Yes, professional chefs are pretty good at tasting ... ... Last night we kept the Piedmont theme going with some dolcetto.  This was 2014 Pecchenino san Luigi (their capitalizaion) Dogliani.  Seems like a negociant wine, or at least a blend of vineyards in Dogliani, which is where dolcetto gets star billing.  This ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Wine south of the equator?  I never imagined...;-)You know, I would get very confused if I had to think of North as being where the sun exposure was for most of the year.  I'm just never going to cross the equator again, just like I'm never gong back to any place where they drive on the left side of the road.  (So Dmcker will have to visit me, n... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Burgundy - Piedmont Dinner in...


  • Also, does south facing mean it's a warmer site?In the northern hemisphere.South of the equator, it's different. Read More

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  • Paolo Scavino Vino Rosso 2014

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    Wine review by tjjm


  • Claudio's 90 day maceration is just a flat out anomaly.  He's trying something very interesting with fruit that fits the bill--going back to the long macerations that used to be the rule out of necessity.  It's a curiosity and he has to charge more because it's such a small production but requires quite a bit of additional attention. There are g... Read More

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  • Agreed on Riserva, and non-Riserva. I'm not really as interested in the extra aging or official qualifications, just that if the producer is deciding to bottle a regular and a riserva, the riserva is typically a better, or more highly regarded wine due to the cru, blocks within the cru, barrel select, etc. They all have their story I'm sure, and... Read More

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