Langhe e Roero Secondo: Birra Brasati Costatine con Grappa Smalto

Week 3 Challenge: La Carne e il Secondo (Meat in the Second Course) We’re on to week 3 in this year’s food blogging/photography challenge from the Tourist Union of the Langhe and Roero (details here, in Italian). Our week 3 challenge is the Secondo course, which always means meat.  Beef in the Piemonte is prized … Continue reading

Barolo Boys: Tradition to Revolution to Tradition #MWWC14

Tradition, Revolution, Tradition Is there any tradition in wine, really? I think not. Wines we drink today aren’t the wines made 100, 50, or even 25 years ago. Take Barolo, a favorite of mine. The Nebbiolo grape has a long history in the Langhe region within the Piedmont in Italy. Until the mid-1800’s, Nebbiolo based … Continue reading

Minnesota visits Barolo: Podere Ruggeri Corsini

Way back in January, we met Nicola Argamante of Podere Ruggeri Corsini during a winemaker visit in Minnesota.  He braved -20° F temperatures to sell his wines around the midwest, a dedicated man! We told him that night that we would like to visit when we were in the Piedmont this summer, and we did! … Continue reading

Hey! I’m a Finalist!

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by Millesima-USA , a wine importer in New York, and invited to enter blog posts into their second annual blog awards competition. My entry: 5 Tips For Your First Visit to Barolo (Italy!) was selected as one of 3 finalists in the Wine Travel Category!  Here are the … Continue reading

Piemonte Hilltop Villages

Submarines and Piemonte Villages??? A very long time ago, I was a submarine officer in the U.S. Navy.  This was before the demise of the Soviet Union (look it up in your history books).  Before heading out on a patrol in the Barents Sea, we drilled in recognizing foreign warships just by the arrangement of … Continue reading

Ahhh… The Sweet Life of a Wine Importer

Protocol Wine Studio, Justin Gallen and Rinascimento Wine Company One of my favorite wine books is Kermit Lynch’s account of his early days as an importer.  Wouldn’t it be exciting to travel all over Europe, searching out great wineries, meeting the winegrowers and soaking in all that wine culture? Thanks to Protocol Wine Studio , … Continue reading

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

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

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

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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