Tag Archives: barolo

Visiting La Morra: A Tasting With Oddero

Poderi e Cantine Oddero is one of the most well known classic Piemonte wine producers; the Oddero family are warm hosts with an amazing product that evolves in the glass as you taste, whether it’s the Gallina Barbaresco, a single vineyard Barolo, or a blended one.  Great wines, and an amazing location that really popped on the camera as the sun poked through the clouds.  The best part was definitely getting to do a vertical tasting across a few different vintages of the Bussia (single vineyard Barolo).  A bottle of the 2007 certainly found its way home with us, and will quit getting any older when Doug comes to visit Colorado this winter.

Reblog:  Femmes Fatales

Territoriet does a good job of gathering wine people, and this time was no different. Veslemøy, part of the Moestue group, had organized for Chiara and Claudia to come and show their wines. The theme for the night was “Femmes Fatales”, which is fitting as these women are strong characters in Piemonte. Chiara Boschis is […]


Complimenti, Giribaldi!

Congrats to our friends in Rodello for this excellent result from a renowned critic.   And yes, this wine is not only fabulous, but a fabulous buy.  If you can find a better Italian red at this price point, we’ll buy your next bottle.  It really is a $60 wine, but it’s priced in the mid-$30s.  Grab it when you see it.

Azienda Agricola Rivetto in Sinio

What a magical day; we got to meet Enrico Rivetto himself and interview his staff about what makes their azienda special; the organic artisanal approach, the reverence for the old ways of doing things, and the focus on epitomizing the best of what nebbiolo and barbera can do makes for a tasting you won’t soon forget.  We also got to try their nascetta and a sparkling white they named Kaskal which has yet to hit the market; our tasting guide Rita suggested we might well have been the first Americans to taste it.

A fantastic experience for which we cannot thank Enrico et al enough for.


A video of our recent visit to see friends in Cuneo commune, Piemonte (Alba area).  An unreal experience in hospitality, and the best wine you’ll ever have by the bottle tableside accompanying amazing meals.  The hospitality of the Piemontese is unforgettable and a reason in and of itself to go back again and again.  More soon on this amazing adventure.

Fun With Wine And Google, La Morra Edition

We’re going to be exploring some Lugana and Piemonte wineries this fall whose wines we enjoy, and one of the ones we’re hoping to visit looks simply extraordinary; we managed to find a ridiculous deal on the Tenuta L’Illuminata Tebavio from 2004 a few months back when our friends at SovereigntyTaking a look at their website, we can see this is definitely one for the bucket list…beautiful.   So where does this lovely Barolo hail from?  Let’s see:

Tebavio 1

Just to the west of La Morra and southwest of Alba, you can see that Tenuta L’Illuminata is located in the foggy, hilly, verdant heart of Piemonte’s prime nebbiolo real estate.  Diving in:

Tebavio 2


Looks like it’s almost walking distance from downtown La Morra, a beautiful hilltop town of about 2400 lucky folks.

Tebavio 3


A little driveway, terra cotta roofs, a pool…and lots and lots of well-trained vines neatly nestled in the rolling hills.  Yes.

Tebavio 4


Time for a leisurely stroll in that sea of green.

Tebavio 5


This doesn’t look too bad at all.  Can’t wait to see it in person, but for now the Google Earth views tell us what we need to know:  this place needs to find its way onto any Piemonte itinerary.

Tebavio 6

GDP in Piedmont

GDP in Piedmont

If you subscribe to Snooth, you’ll get to read Greg del Piaz’s writeups on Italian wine (and like me, he loves the Nebbiolo…but I gather his tasting budget exceeds that of most everyday red wine drinkers).  They’re great, concise, and approachable reads, in which he avoids using a lot of the wine snootery and silly jargon many who are curious about wine find intimidating and indecipherable,  and actually makes fun of that stuff, which I always enjoy reading.  (No, I don’t know why you’d think a “structured, serious wine that has hints of stalky leatheriness, rare wildflower pollen and Andes mountain grass” would be appealing or something you could relate to either).

Apparently there are some really good vintages tasting right now; we’d be happy to help you arrange tours in the Piemonte and elsewhere–experience old world wines where they’re made!