A “Must Have” Piemonte Book for Your Bookshelf

A Labor of Love: Wine Family Women of Piemonte Whether you have visited or not, there is a book coming that any Piemonte lover will enjoy.  Like me, if you have been lucky enough to visit, you must daydream regularly about your return. What a beautiful land full of wonderful wines, food, and stories. My … Continue reading

Franco Rocca: Our Barbaresco Winegrower Friend

A Great Deal on Single Cru Barbaresco Have you heard of cruzu.com?  Check them out, crowdsourcing for wineries looking for American exposure. A Barbaresco winegrower friend of ours, Franco Rocca, has an offer open until July 5, and he is looking for support.  I don’t have anything to gain from this support, except that I … Continue reading

Shrimp & Fennel Risotto with Roero Arneis #WinePW

#SummerofArneis Our Wine Pairing Weekend June session is dedicated to exploring food pairings with Arneis.  We have more entries than you can shake a stick at, so go find a bottle at your local wine shop and try one of our suggestions! At the bottom of this post, you can link to a dozen other … Continue reading

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

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

Sentieri: A Walk from Neive to Barbaresco and Back

Vineyard hike to Neive

#ItalianFWT 2 – The Piedmont This post is my contribution to a monthly exploration of food, wine and travel in the individual regions (20 in all) of Italy.  This month we discuss the Piedmont, located in the northwest corner of Italy.  Home of the famous wines Barolo and Barbaresco, the Piemonte offers much more than … 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

Cut Me Smash Me Burn Me: Spatchcock Chicken Under Bricks

Cut Me Smash Me Burn Me ChickenI’ve always been impressed with photos of “How to Spatchcock a Chicken”, but it seemed a bit intimidating. Couldn’t be farther from the truth; it’s so easy it may become your new standard preparation of a whole bird! Grilling the chicken under a brick comes naturally with a spatchcocked … 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

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

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