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!
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.
A little video insight into the remarkable cellars at Cantina Francone. Enjoy! Many thanks to Fabrizio Francone, Evan Byrne, and Valeria Quintanilla for our introduction to this fascinating must-taste destination in Piemonte.