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...

  • Dolcetto

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Arneis

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

  • 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...

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  • Cambria Winery

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

  • Boroli

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

  • G.D. Vajra

    Vergne, the highest village in the Commune of Barolo, with vineyards planted to nebbiolo at heigh...

  • Cascina Bruni

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

  • Paolo Manzone

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

  • Franco Conterno

    The Conterno family, proprietors of the Azienda Agricola Sciulun, have been producing wines of un...

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Barolo on Snooth

  • Cavallotto Dolcetto d'Alba Bricco Boschis Vigna Scot 2012

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    Wine review by mark


  • Francesco Clerico Dolcetto d'Alba 2013

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    Organic Handfuls of earth, spicy black fruit, cherries and almond greet the nose. What a texture this has, smooth, supple and yet bright, and super clear on the palate which shows of wonderfully fresh small berry fruit. While definitely in the juicy end of the style, this shows a bit of mineral and some forest floor on the plate. Theres a hint... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Francesco Clerico Dolcetto d'Alba 2013

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    Wine review by mark


  • Monferrato Casa Wallace "Il Rosso" Meritage. Read More

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  • Monferrato Rosso Casa Wallace (Entrée) and Moscato La Dolce Via for Dessert..The Casa Wallace is an amazing Organic Meritage. virtually unknown.  Read More

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  • So what wines will be served with the 4th and 5th courses? Read More

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  • Whew... I almost had to cancel the Organic Wine Italian Dinner,,, and then, just at the final moment the Press and Media chipped in.! Whew... !-Great event., Space is limited and opportunity to buy Organic Italian??? and Fruiti Di Mare..!Viva. Read More

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  • The expected price ranges quoted are for the lot-quantity of bottles mentioned, ... of 'prestige' wines. Barolo and Barbaresco have yet to undergo full transition in that direction, and I hope they never do, but prices have certainly risen quite a bit just within the past five or 10 years.The thing about those bottles is that they're mostly at ... Read More

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  • "Complexity is generally used to characterize something with many ... the purest expressions of Barolo, without compromise. Utter traditionalists, the family consistently favors extremely low yields, lengthy maceration, and prolonged aging in oak barrels (up to four years.) The wines are said to only truly mature decades after their vintages—i... Read More

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  • Al, with four people, even one on meds, and a big steak dinner, one bottle just ... ... taste, would include the barolo that Wineogre so aptly pointed to, the Swanson merlot blend at bottom, and the Chappellet red up towards the top. Unfortunately I think several of these wines are put together just for Morton's and similar chains--this is not ... Read More

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