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Barolo Winegrower: Nicola Oberto and Trediberri

Nicola Oberto – Trediberri I met Nicola Oberto at a La Morra (one of the towns in the Barolo district) winetasting in early June 2013.  In a room full of Barolo winegrowers from the La Morra, Nicola stood out. What a passionate young man, eager to tell his story. I enjoyed talking with him and … Continue reading

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#NWTW: Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon

Try Something New! #NWTW will definitely force you out of your rut, whatever it might be.  I had pretty much given up on Australian wines, feeling they were all too ripe and too oaky.  Just not my style.  Wrong! This week’s assignment was to find a Cabernet Sauvignon from Coonawarra (Australia).  Wine from Coonawarra seems … Continue reading

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#NWTW Falanghina with Calamari & Shrimp Salad

Minnesota Spring is so short-lived.  We seem to linger, locked in winter through April and suddenly it’s 80 degrees.  Maybe that’s why we jump to spring-like meals at the first hint that winter has lost its grip!  We had 6 inches of new snow overnight, and by the afternoon, a combination of snowplows and warm … Continue reading

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#NWTW: French Sparkling, NOT Champagne

#NWTW: French Non-Champagne Sparkling Wine The #NWTW wine of the week this week is sparkling wine from France, but not Champagne.  For much of France, the wines are labeled “Crémant”, but this doesn’t apply exclusively.  As long as it was made in the same method as Champagne (Methode Champenoise or Methode Traditionnelle), we would be … Continue reading

Fresh pasta plus tastes of both winter and spring

Agnolotti al Plin & Favorita

It’s the final week in the food bloggers competition hosted by the Tourist Office of Langhe and Roero.  This week’s ingredient from the region is Agnolotti al Plin.  We love homemade pasta at our house, but truth be told, I’ve never made Agnolotti.  Never too late to learn! Agnolotti al Plin is a pasta traditionally … Continue reading

The pinnacle: Grand Cru Burgundy

Unravelling the Burgundy Mystery

The Burgundy Mystery The Burgundy region of France has long been the worldwide reference for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.  This storied region produces wines of amazing depth and complexity, and you can spend years learning even the basics.  It’s also a huge mystery.  Wines are labeled by the village name, or the vineyard name, or … Continue reading

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Manzo Costatine Brasato al Nebbiolo

or: Beef Short Ribs Braised in Nebbiolo I’m still having fun with the Tourist Office of Langhe and Roero’s Recipe/Food Photography contest, #LangheRoeroinCucina.  This week’s ingredient is the local beef, Razza Bovina Piemontese.  Obviously, I can’t get Razza Bovina in Minnesota, but I can get local grass-fed beef from my friends at Sunshine Harvest Farm!  … Continue reading

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You’ll fall in love with Piemonte

Judging by recent posts, you might think we’ve gone off the deep end for the Piemonte (or Piedmont), and you’d be right.  Julie and I spent six days in the Langhe (an area inside the Piemonte region) last September. Why would we fall in love with a wine region, thousands of miles away from home … Continue reading

An earthy dish from top to bottom

Black Truffle Beef Stroganoff and Barolo

It’s another week in the Tourist Office of Langhe and Roero’s Recipe/Food Photography contest, #LangheRoeroinCucina.  This week’s surprise ingredient?  Black Truffle. The real surprise, though, is that they sent out a black truffle to each of the top ten contestants to date.  A fresh black truffle, all the way from Italy?  I think I already … Continue reading

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Hazelnuts, Squash & Barbera d’Alba

Acorn Squash Stuffed with Hazelnuts & Ancient Grains We’re back in the hunt in the TuLangheRoero photo/recipe contest.  This week’s ingredient? Hazelnut or Nocciola Tonda Gentile in Italian.  A first thought would be a dessert, and there are many fine traditional Piemontese desserts that feature hazelnuts. This main dish is non-traditional, but the hazelnuts shine.  … Continue reading

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