Category Archives: Piemonte

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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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

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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Montelupo Albese

Don’t sweat it if you don’t follow the Italian narration in this video exposition of the magical little town that is Montelupo Albese–the pictures and video clips speak for themselves.  A picturesque village on a hilltop between equally picturesque Rodello and Diano D’Alba, Montelupo has some of the best views of the eastern side of the hills that make up Barolo country.  We love it there, and you’ll see why when you watch.

Tasting the Arneis!

One of the cooler experiences you can have in Italian wine country is a visit just after the harvest time, when the grapes are collected and pressed, and the sweet smell of fermenting must fills the cellars and tank rooms.

On a recent visit to the lovely Cantina Francone in Neive (just to the southeast of the Tanaro River, outside of Barbaresco village), we had the luxury of tasting the latest Arneis pressings at the tail end of the fermentation–straight from the tank!  Fabrizio–a fifth generation wine maker carrying on his family tradition–personally gave us a taste right as the fermentation was coming to a close.  We can honestly say we were the first Americans to get to taste the 2016 Arneis; you can still taste a little residual sugar at this point, but the character of the wine is undeniably magic.  2016 is going to be a great year for Piemonte.  You heard it here first.  We’re more than grateful to Fabrizio for taking a moment out of his day in a busy time of year to show us his amazing wine production process.