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Snooth User: dmcker

Chiamare Mr. Foxall!

Posted by dmcker, May 15, 2014.

So where are you guys, what are you seeing, who are you talking to, and what are you drinking? Assuming they have the Internet in Piemonte...




Reply by outthere, May 16, 2014.

I'd bet he's back by now.


Reply by outthere, May 16, 2014.

Looking ESE from the West side of Piedmont

Reply by dmcker, May 16, 2014.

"I'd bet he's back by now."

Not so sure about that. Believe he might've been going on alone after the group disbanded.



Lots of good juice coming out of the plants in these photos...

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, May 17, 2014.

We're still here. Halfway through the trip. We have been blessed with exceptional weather and the wines are showing so very well. I'll let foxy talk about the visits for now, I'll write my notes up in time. We're in Castiglione Falletto. View included here. I will however give you the list of visits so far.

Giacomo Fenochio

Giuseppe Rinaldi


Francesco Rinaldi

Giacomo Conterno



Bartolo Mascarello

Elvio Cogno

Giuseppe Mascarello

Cavaloto and Burlotto later today

Reply by dmcker, May 17, 2014.

Damn and double damn. And I was just drinking a lowly negroamaro from Puglia tonight (though it was also damned tasty).

How many of those in a day?

Wishing I had the mobility of a few years back, whereupon I'd be asking to crash the party.

And smart of you to assign reporting to Fox.  ;-)

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, May 17, 2014.

Typically three a day. 10am, 2pm, 4pm. Today we just are doing two in the afternoon because we spent the morning at the saturday market in Alba buying ridiculous amounts of fresh fruit, produce, meats, cheeses and salumi for today's lunch and tomorrow's dinner.

Reply by vin0vin0, May 17, 2014.

Looks like Italy is the place to be.  The wife is currently in San Gimignano and is going to have lunch with Elisabetta at Montenidoli winery today.


GDP, did you get one of these at the market?

Reply by JonDerry, May 17, 2014.

Holy crap @ that list of visits. Fox has hit pay dirt! Could be the most impressive list for visits I've seen.

Guessing Fenochio was a big hit with Fox, rating high on the value meter.

Reply by duncan 906, May 17, 2014.

Hope you have a good time.I am off to France next week and plan on visiting Chinon

Reply by JenniferT, May 17, 2014.

LOOOVE these pictures! I can almost feel the bucolic utopia through this computer screen! Can't wait to hear more about the visits and tastings.

Reply by Richard Foxall, May 17, 2014.

Fennochio was high on my list. Wines were great, Claudio was incredibly nice and down to earth, and it's under the radar in the US. I am no expert on Barolo, but I'd say for the lineup, the stars so far were Brovia and, today, Burlotto. Monvigliero from Barolo was totally stunning, but the whole range from Brovia was at a  high level and really reflected the terroir of each cru wine they sell. From the older generation of producers, I think Mauro Moscarello pretty well never misses with his Monprivato. Very cool that we can practically see the cru from our room. Cavallotto was interesting because they rotovinify so the wines taste really modern when they are young but they are also very clear expressions of their sites. The experts (Greg and Tom) say they change and become more traditional with time, so I will take their word for it. Geology is really important to these wines--I cannot remember another wine I have had where it's so apparent. 

The winemakers here have been incredibly generous with their time, including going out to dinner with us twice, and also with their wines, leading us through long tastings, then giving us bottles as we leave. Must be how OT feels whenever he travels. 

I will do a full write up when I get home and have a real keyboard instead of an iPad.

Reply by dmcker, May 24, 2014.

Any further updates?

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