Barolo Wine

Barolo, a.k.a. “The king of wines, the wine of kings” is perhaps the most prestigious wine produced in Italy, in the Piedmont province. It’s based on the Nebbiolo grape, which is notoriously difficult to grow. In fact, the earliest Barolos (documented as far back as the 13th century) were produced in a sweeter style, with more residual sugar due to the winemakers’ lack of control over the cooler regional temperatures. The fermentation process would halt too early under the frigid conditions, and the lack of proper yeasts would bring up the alcohol and sugar content. But for centuries, everyone seemed to be OK with this. 

The name most likely derives from the Celts, who dwelled in the region in ancient times and referred to it as “bas reul,” low-lying place. In the Medieval age it was called Villa Barogly, and then by 1600, Barrolo or Barollo. Eventually the single “r” and “l” spelling came about, probably to avoid further argument. Speaking Read more »

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  • Nebbiolo

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Barbera

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

  • Dolcetto

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

  • Arneis

    The first records of Arneis plantings in Piedmont go back to the 1400s in the Roero area. Today, many call Arneis the...

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  • Azienda Agricola Guido Porro

    The our vineyards are among the most famous for their enviable position in the famous cru Lazzari...

  • Conterno Fantino

    The making of high quality vine begin with the grapes. The work carried out in the vineyard ends ...

  • Boroli

    Cascina Bompè The history of this magical place is interesting: the Celts who inhabited the ar...

  • Tantara Winery

    The growing season was moderate to cool with only a couple of hot spells in June. The biggest fac...

  • Dezzani

    Dezzani company has taken the path drawn by the first generation. Luigi. Franca and Giovanni, the...

  • Renato Ratti

    Half way up the hill overlooking the main Barolo valley, along the first spurs of the neatly alig...

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  • Some 2013 Burgundy...'14 Beaujolais, and '11 Piedmont!2013 Cristophe ... ... Giacomo Fenocchio Barolo, Villero - Best under $50 wine available in the U.S.? There is some serious buzz about this wine! Really should be a case purchase, but only have 6 ordered, plus an extra for Fox. Fox, your fault you only ordered 1, don't come after my stash!... Read More

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  • And you can always get some Barbera, which can age well and which will be a lot less money than Barolo or Barbaresco. Well, at least usually it will be. And Nebbiolo is made in other areas as well, so depending on what you're looking for, you can buy a few bottles of something from Valtellina or Gattinara, both of which can produce very nice Neb... Read More

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  • Of course you can go wrong, MM!  You can buy overpriced modernist Barolo that tastes like... well, only a little like Nebbiolo.  There's my prejudice. He's in LA.  Wally's has a pretty nice selection of Barolo, if I recall. Woodland HIlls Wine Company, too.  He could get something with a little age at one of those.  I also like the idea of two b... Read More

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  • I'd agree with the person who suggested that Amarone is to a certain taste. ... range, I immediately assumed Barolo. You really can't go wron Read More

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  • And northern California secessionists have repeatedly wanted to have Santa ... ... But then a special bottle of Barolo as discussed here might just offer up that moment of epiphany to the recipient that I had with my first bottle or two of decent Barolo (interestingly enough first Pio Cesare on the lower end then Gaja Sperss on the upper--this... Read More

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  • Then, if you want to break the budget, there's always the 1996 Quinterelli ... nebbiolo from Barbaresco (or Barolo, especially with Chambers Street's offerings) within your budget. Chambers Street in New York is a much better option than Total Wine for well selected and even aged bottles of wine from the Piedmont, amongst other areas. They'll ... Read More

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  • Welcome to retirement Miriam.  My wife just retired a week ago and I ... ... almost as enjoyable as that Barolo you had at the restaurant in Ital Read More

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  • Miele might be more appropriate!  :)That's what I call a woman who loves Barolo.  Miriam, you should be able to go to Total Wine and find some great Barolos for the price.  You don't need to wait for them to be twenty years old!  Ten would be fine and decant them.  Of course they're always best with good company and food.  I have had many occasi... Read More

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  • Great introduction Miriam. Can we call you Mel? Welcome to Snooth. We look ... ... the latest great vintage for Barolo. Keep looking for that memorable bottl Read More

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  • Hello All,My name is Miriam Elizabeth Leino Eldridge.Before my retirement I ... ... had one superb bottle of Barolo at a restaurant, but when I bought the same vintage and label (or what  had superseded it, the merchant claimed), Bricco Rocche, and took it home, it just didn't take the same.  Lately I ordered a recent vintage of Barolo from a ... Read More

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  • Don't miss today's article on the wine of GB Burlotto! Some of my favorite from Piedmont, and always well priced.

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