March 8

Cooking with friends

Torres Viña Sol Catalunya 08

This white wine made from the Parellada grape is a big yes - so fragrant and lovely and lively.

For much less than $10 a bottle, it’s a wonder that this wine makes any profit at all. But I won’t go on record for ever questioning the Torres empire.

Fontanafredda Barolo 04

Food-friendly, but not necessarily priced at a food-friendly rate. If I had this bottle every time I cooked at home, it’d be Kraft dinners and wieners from now on. Of course, at the price it sells, it is still the cheapest of the cheap Barolos.

For lovers of Pinot. Pale looking, with a slight whiff redolent of undergrowth and spice. Like most Nebbiolo I’ve had, it nurtures your meal over the long haul – it’s medium-bodied, with arcs of acid and it’s got some umami to it. I really do think umami when I taste Nebbiolo, though it’s a term used for food, and used inconsistently at that (because there is still a lot of disagreement about how to best translate the Japanese word). Perhaps the best wine tasting term to convey what I mean is complexity. And maybe complex is in the running for what umami really means.

Autumn vineyard on Flickr.

Tramite Flickr:
Alba - Italy.
The Langhe is a hilly area to the south and east of the river Tanaro in the province of Cuneo in Piedmont, northern Italy.
It is famous for its wines, cheeses, and truffles—particularly the white truffles of Alba.
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What a night last night with Giulio at Le Case Della Saracca. Look at this line up. We did all of these wines blind. The food and the sense of family in a place that has been our home in Piemonte for over 10 years made for the best meal so far of the trip. @winestein99 chose the #Cicale @dibasurti chose the #Oddero @camilowineguy the #Fontanafredda and I chose the #CascinaFranca (at Le Case Della Saracca)

Fontanafredda estate and winery in Piedmont, Italy has been the benchmark for Barolo and Barbera wines since 1878. Among the prized vineyard sites belonging to Fontanafredda are those in the commune of Serralunga d’Alba, a source of some of today’s most distinctive and intriguing Barolo wines.

Currently, all estate vineyards are managed to achieve a “zero chemical” program, using only natural methods for fertilization and pest control. The Fontanafredda vineyard team is working with their grower partners across the region to transition them to the same eco-friendly farming standards. The Fontanafredda estate operates as a refuge for a wide array of local flora and fauna.

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