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.
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!
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!
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.
This looks pretty perfect, eh?