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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz

Hello and a bit of an introduction!

Posted by Gregory Dal Piaz, Oct 1, 2008.

So I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the New Community Manager here at Snooth. I have been a passionate wino for over 2 decades and am really excited to be starting out on this project with such a fine group of people.

I'll be wearing many hats, you'll be seeing a lot of me in the Forums, especially Wine Talk were I’ll be sharing many of my notes until I get a place to call my own, and in Food and Wine where I will use my 16 years experience as a chef to try and help on all sorts of food and wine questions.

In addition I'll be working hard behind the scenes, finding great new wines for you to try, organizing exciting Snooth winetastings and dinners, and scouring the web for great deals from our retailing partners that I can pass on to you!

Just to give you an idea of some of the great events I am planning for this fall here are a few: a 1998 Barolo 10 year after retrospective dinner, Vertical tastings of Caymus, Burgess, And Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernets from one of California's golden ages, the late 1970's to early 80's, and a vertical Tasting of Trentinos San Leonardo with Proprietor Marchese Anselmo Guerrieri Gonzaga. In addition there will be plenty of blind panel tastings focusing on hot wines such as California Pinot Noir, Syrah of the world and, of course my favorite, Nebbiolo that will include members of the trade and a few lucky Snoothites to boot!

Just to give you a bit of information about my wine loves so that you can better judge what I will be writing about I have an Italophile palate! When I was a child, seems like yesterday, I spent all of my summers growing up on a farm in Northern Italy, Trentino to be exact. I have a soft spot for the acid driven, lean style of wines that recall the wines of my youth and am naturally driven the wines from that most noble grape Nebbiolo.

On the other hand I have an open mind and enjoy a broad range of wines but have on my short list of "today’s problems with wines"; too much alcohol, too much toasty oak, too much manipulation, and, well that’s the short list.  I love wines that taste different as opposed to wines that taste alike. I am fundamentally against many of the so-called "flying winemaker" types of wines that speak more of the winemaker than of the grape and place. I can totally get into a big, even clumsy Zin with a hunk of charred meat just as easily as I can fawn over a mature Barolo with a simple plate of Tagliarini and White truffle. Wines are like shoes, sandals in the summer, boots in the winter and it all makes sense. That's a rambling thought now isn't it?

Anyway I leave you with a photo from last Sunday, which makes me a long suffering Mets fan, and a pair of links to two of my favorite wines. I hope to be seeing more of all of you in the coming months as we grow the Snooth Community together. If you would like to be notified about future Snooth events please sign on and make yourself a member.  Invite me to be your friend and you'll be included in all future invites.

2004 Marcarini La Serra Barolo

 2005 Saxon Brown Flora Ranch Syrah

Happy Hunting!

Gregory Dal Piaz is the Community Manager at  Snooth.com , an avid Wine Geek with a passion for things Italian, and a long suffering Mets fan.

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Reply by Philip James, Oct 1, 2008.

Greg - welcome to Snooth. We're all glad to have you here.

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Reply by oceank8, Oct 2, 2008.

Greg - thanks for taking the time to introduce yourself a bit more. I read all your posts and now have a better understanding of where you are coming from and your work for snooth. I look forward to many more chats on the forums.

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Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Oct 2, 2008.

Thanks Philip!

Thanks K8,

I'll be posting plenty about other regions as the notes accumulate. Hopefully I squeeze in a brief trip out west early next year for some profile of my favorite California producer to even out the slant of my work but I'll be working hard to bring you tasting notes for wines from around the world!

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Reply by Philip James, Oct 3, 2008.

Greg - Oceank8 has the cool name of "Ocean" as her first name, she teaches k-8 classes. Hence the handle. Dont worry, I made the same mistake (kate who lives by the ocean????)

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Reply by oceank8, Oct 4, 2008.

Yes, it's true. It took me a long time to come up with the username; EVERYTHING with Ocean is taken! (Especially when I try to add my last name of Walker, that adds a whole different dimension!)

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Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Oct 4, 2008.

Hey Ocean,

Very cool name! And congrats teaching. Something I'ld considered for myself, a truly Noble profession!

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Reply by Pymonte, Oct 7, 2008.

Hey there, a fellow back-of-the-house guy!

You clearly know a lot about wine, I'm looking forward to attempting to absorb as much of it as possible.

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Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Oct 7, 2008.

Glad you're here Pymonte. BOH and with the scars on my guide finger to prove it! Loved cooking but snoothing is better. Where you located? Going to be developing quite an event list, maybe you can a couple!

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Reply by Mark Angelillo, Oct 7, 2008.

Looking forward to those events, Greg!

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Reply by Pymonte, Oct 8, 2008.

I'm working at Citronelle in DC. Anything nearby, let me know!

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Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Oct 8, 2008.

Cool Monkey beans. DC is close and I've got some wine geek friends down there. I'll let you know when something happens!!

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Reply by rsimone, Oct 8, 2008.

Greg, my moms side of the family comes from Riva del Garda and I have grown up loving northern italian wines. Big big Barbaresco fan. Always looking for recommendations.

Nice to meet you

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Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Oct 8, 2008.

No way! So cool to meet a fellow Trentin! Riva is beautiful, except when it is over-run by Germans in the summer. Great place to spend a September afternoon! Where you located R? I am a big Barolo head and have plans for a few events that may also include some Barbaresco.

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Reply by rsimone, Oct 8, 2008.

I live on Long Island in NY and I work in Long Island City which is basically on the east river of Manhattan. What about yourself?

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Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Oct 8, 2008.

Manhattan. I grew up on Long Island. I know LIC pretty well. Used to think of moving to Hunters Point but the prices pretty much took off after the announced potential plans for an Olympic village and the redevelopment of the riverfront. LIC is pretty Convenient to NYC for wine events! but for Barbaresco you should see if Manducatis has anything left on their list!

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Reply by rsimone, Oct 8, 2008.

There is a great wine shop in LIC. Hunters Point Wines and Spirits. Its run by a guy names Paul who has given me some great recommendations over the years. He does some tasting events also that I am going to be trying to make it out to.

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Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Oct 8, 2008.

I've walked by it many times. have you checked out the store by Court House Square? I've heard good things about but am always on the other side of the street. Boy am I lazy!!

Blog comment by Anselmo, Oct 9, 2008.

Ciao Gregory nice to see u on the web!!!! Come back to San Leonardo soon.

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Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Oct 9, 2008.

Ciao Anselmo! Ma va la. Da tanto sei qui? Ho cominciato solo due settemane fai. Ritornero sollo l'anno prossimo. Hai visto il Thead sulle sito di Parker? C'era anche qualche belle foto. Spero che ci vediamo pui presto qui a NYC! Come vai la vendemmia?

A Presto a con tanti auguri! Salutime Il Papa e la Mama!

Greg


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