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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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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...

  • Terre da Vino

    The many guests who arrive at our winery every day cannot help but notice that they are literally...

  • Paolo Manzone

    Luisella e Gian Paolo are the landly and the landlord who will be glad to receive you to spend a ...

  • Cambria Winery

    Santa Barbara County is a quiet sanctuary of golden hills and well-groomed vineyards located t...

  • Azienda Agricola Guido Porro

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

  • Boroli

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

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  • Oops, I did it again.  No, I didn't forget the name of the Energy ... ... also my second Serralunga Barolo in a short time.  In stock, so I'll probably pick it up this week, along with some Rostaing Cote Rotie Ampodium that is supposed to be waiting for me. &nbs Read More

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  • Hermitage probably would have been better but I wanted something fruitier. Then ... ... think about it since the Barolo was sitting on the counter. About Glen - if you ever get a chance to see it, there's a movie called Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould. Came out sometime in the early 90s. He was a famous germaphobe, worried about gettin... Read More

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  • With venison I always want something big and fruity. I just like the combo. Had ... one. Settled on a middling Barolo and won't do that again.With Glen Gould, it would depend on how loudly he was hummin Read More

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  • What herbs/spices in the sausage? What sides?With his first recording would be ... for me, too, even north of Barolo. So would sangiovese or a Super Tuscan blend. Alternatively, a riesling Spatlese from the Rhein? West County (The True) Sonoma, or Willamette PNs. Maybe even a southern Rhone or a Priorat. The list could go on, but need more dat Read More

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  • Okay, we're counting down to the end of the year.  With three drinking ... e Battista Borgogno Cannubi Barolo Riserva that JD and I had when he was up for his birthday, and the 1998 Fontanafredda Paiagallo. If I nominated a third wine, it would probably be the Canatlupo Ghemme.  So, yeah, all Nebbiolo from Piemonte. My wine experience of the ye... Read More

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  • GregT, I do live in a little bubble.  And I am going to do everything in ... ... get much of here is aged Barolo in restos.&nbs Read More

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  • VV, Garagiste has a six pack of Scavino Barolo for under $290 today if modernist is your thing.  At almost $50 a bottle and modern (according to WineBerserkers thread ref'd elsewhere), I'm passing. Read More

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  • Fox, I was referring to $30 as being inexpensive for Barolo, hence the paucity of such in my cellar.  I've added the Kerin O'Keefe book on Barolo and Barbaresco to my amazon wish list, looks like it will make a nice Christmas gift. I know I've mentioned this in the past, I worked a wine event here in Charlotte a few years ago and helped pour the... Read More

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  • VV, I'm a cheapskate, so I don't think of $30 as inexpensive... except when it comes to Barolo and some of the better Barbaresco.  That was a LastBottle offering.  I think farther up the thread, I mentioned another one of their offerings for 2011 Cascina Luisin Barbaresco Rabaja. My other source for Barolo deals has been WTSO.com. They have sold... Read More

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  • Unfortunately, if I had wine delivered to my workplace I'd get fired (this ... ... of that good inexpensive Barolo for the cella Read More

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