Sebastian’s Selections, Round One: Order Here!

Ok, we’re ready to rock!  Our dear friend Valerie has helped us curate a lovely list of Piemontese delights, and they’re ready to ship to your doorstep anywhere in North America.

Click on the link above or click here, and enter passcode: nebbiolo

Per our last post, a portion of the profits is being donated to Covid-19 relief in Italy; buy a 12btl case, and your wines ship for free!

Francone’s Valsellera is one of our favorite sparklers; and wait til you try Rivetto’s Serralunga Barolo.  It’s as good as single-vineyard Nebbiolo can be.  At the link above, you’ll find only wines made by friends of Valerie and us, and we’re quite certainly you’ll love them all.

These are by and large wines you simply cannot get in the US.  But they’re great selections, and a chance to help some really wonderful people in a time of need and stock your wine collection with some special bottles that you’d need a plane ride to get otherwise.

Piemonte a notte:

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Long Time No Post

Hello to anyone still subscribed and reading this…it’s been a while.  Not usually a fan of “pay attention to me” posts explaining anyone’s attention to their own Internet presence as they’re usually unnecessary and self indulgent.  But in the latter part of 2018 work and life got really hectic, and I took a break from chatting about our Italian adventures here.

It was a good year.

Then, in early 2019, my brother was murdered rather senselessly by a roommate who also killed their landlord in a rather heinous and cowardly act. It just never felt right to get back to talking about Italy publicly at any time since that day in spring 2019.

The bastard who killed them finally plead guilty a few weeks ago, and it’s as much justice as we’re likely to get.

Going to leave the parts of the site dedicated to his art instruction and talents up as a remembrance.

I know he wouldn’t want us to dwell too terribly much, so probably time to get back into action.  Watch this space for a new venture we’ll be working on soon.  Going to sell some wine for Raph!

Spinasse

Big fan of Stuart and his kitchen.  Can’t make it across the pond to get some Piemontese cooking just yet?  If you’re in the Seattle area, Spinasse is a must-try.  Get the tajarin al ragu and thank us later!  The food here is as close to what you’ll enjoy in Piemonte as *anything* you’ll try in the US.  Honestly…we’ve had meals in Piemonte that weren’t as good as what Stuart can offer you.  It really is that good.

Tajarin making:  https://www.foodnetwork.com/videos/spinasse-in-seattle-wa-0251132

Venice in Black and White.

Our good friend JoAnn Loctov of Dream of Venice fame is hosting a photography submissions contest of sorts, one I have no illusions about standing any chance in…but submit some black and whites I must.  It was impossible choosing which of my favorites to submit, but I tried to capture the feel of Venice’s buildings and timelessness without doing the generic shots of San Giorgio Maggiore and the Rialto and San Marco that a million other folks have shot.

Photos I didn’t end up submitting but that I like:

 

 

The older fellow by the boat is none other than Doug Sassi himself, taking in the sunset on Burano and watching the boats go by.  It’s a sentimental shot and you can recognize the Buranese buildings if you look closely, but it didn’t scream “Dreaming of Venice” to me, so I left it out. The clouds and sunset as the boat goes by is more typically Venetian, but the 35mm lens I had at the time leaves the Venice skyline too distant to really drive the point home.  The 50mm prime I traded it for would have been better.

Burano’s acqua alta shot was one of my favorites, but I found the people in the shot distracting and selected a less populated version of that shot on Murano that has a similar feel to send in.

If by some chance one of my shots is included, it’ll be a high honor to say the least.  In the meantime, I think I’m liking this B&W thing.  Look for more playing around with it in the future!

Wine Two Five

What fun–click here to listen to the W25 podcast featuring Sassi Italy Tours!

As is well known around here, we’re huge fans of the WineTwoFive podcast because it gives you a look at the inquisitive, geeky side of wine culture without all the huffery and snootery that much of serious wineblogging and wine social-media’ing is known for.  It’s informative without being snobby, entertaining without missing what really matters to wine drinkers.

Lucky for us, I got to appear on the podcast this week, talking about the importance of wine travel, getting outside our touristy comfort zones, and digging into the *real* Italy and the wonderful wine culture you can find off the beaten path.  Give it a listen!

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WineTwoFive Podcasts!

If you’re looking for some great content in podcast form about wine (with plenty of discussion about the Italian wine biz and the great wines it is making because duh!), you’ll be hard pressed to find a better listen than Val and Steph of WineTwoFive.  We’re proud to support their show.

Give their latest discussion with Cathy Huyghe a listen!  Pic below from a tasting Val hosted in Colorado Springs a couple years ago.  Look forward to tasting with her again soon!

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The Journey Italian Wine Takes

Great write up from our friend Michael Horne on the circuitous route most wine from Italy (and everywhere else) takes to get to your wine shop’s shelves.  I really like the way CA has afforded wine importers to go direct to market.   Colorado is not likely to follow suit, as the wine distributors have the ear of the legislature.

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