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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  • Chardonnay

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Nebbiolo

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

  • Dolcetto

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

  • Barbera

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

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  • Tantara Winery

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

  • Fratelli Serio and Battista Borgogno

    Horizons divided by towers and castle, breathking landscapes with sinuous hills split into square...

  • Cavallotto

    HISTORY On the periphery of the Castiglione Falletto township, centre of the Barolo area, crownin...

  • Rocche Costamagna

    On May 15, 1841 the police office of the royal Military Command in Alba granted Luigi Costamagna,...

  • Cascina Bruni

    The vine growing and wine producing "Cascina bruni" properties are situated in piedmont, the grea...

  • Azienda Agricola Guido Porro

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

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  • "Pork = Pinot"Not with that sauce. Maybe some blowsy CA pinot, but ... but ... talking an Italian (Barolo, Barbera even sangiovese) or Spanish (Rioja or even a garnacha fine) red in my household for that dish.  Maaaybe something very southern Rhone or Provencal. The peppers and tomato kill too much of the pinot for me.Whether rose or red depe... Read More

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  • Check out La Villa in Mombaruzzo.  Look it up on TripAdvisor.  The ... here, about 45 minutes to Barolo for example.  20 minutes to Acqui Terme which has great restaurants and a fun place to walk.  We always think its worth the extra drive time.  Bonus - it's walking distance to Berte, which I think has to be one of the largest grappa distille... Read More

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  • Lucky you.  I was just there... Piedmont is pretty stretched out.  If ... If ... If you want to be in Barolo/Barbaresco country, I stayed at a really nice agriturismo (read: Bed and Breakfast) in Castiglione Falletto called Tenuta Montanello.  It's a working winery, although not one of the stars.  But the hosts are extremely nice and it's quit... Read More

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  • Sorry about the Monprivato, but two things to note:  '07 wasn't a ... ... years isn't an aged Barolo.  It may well have shut down.  Drinking window is still three years away if you believe in all that.  Keep in mind that is the beginning of the drinking window. If you really want to know what a great wine it can be, you need to find someone w... Read More

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  • "I just come across that way online. I'm really a jerk in the real world. :)  Adam Lee Siduri Wines. " Yeah, I'll vouch for that,  tried to poison me with some Virginia wine last month too. ;) Read More

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  • 1st Siduri Wine enjoyed @ Barolo Ristorante was the 2012 Siduri Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir.*Blackberry, what?? no Strawberries from SLH? Decanted and aired and enjoyed over a 2 1/2 hour dinner.Done right.. Thanks for sharing. (The initial Nose was Strawberry.. for the record.)- My guests would have rated it much higher than Tanzer or WS.@ ... Read More

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  • I know this is supposed to be a family forum, but this happened last night. ... DRC, and first look at 2010 Barolo for me.'97 Salon: This was very good, in its drinking window. Open and rather gentle, it's more of a soft, elegant beauty with some citrus popping out. Showed good energy and persistence on the finish, suggesting it should drink w... Read More

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  • William, for those of us on the left coast, please come back and report to us on this event.  It would be great to see the menu and to hear comments about the matching wines. Read More

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