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Why "Identity" Wine Makes Itself Naturally at La Stoppa & Dinavolo

A few days after finishing the harvest, Elena Pantaleoni (owner of La Stoppa) and Giulio Armani (her partner at La Stoppa, who also makes wine from his own Dinavolo vineyards) seemed relaxed. Why? “Because if you understand where you are and make wine that is completely coherent with that,” Elena said, “the wines make themselves […]

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Eugenio Bocchino: Biodynamic Barolo in Old School Style

Twenty years ago, Eugenio Bocchino and his wife, Cinzia Pelazza, began a challenging adventure that is now bearing fruit in terms of their lovely Langhe Nebbiolo and Barolo wines. In 1996, they inherited Cinzia’s grandfather tiny vineyard and in 1997, made about 250 bottles of wine with one of his old presses and a single […]

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Roccalini: New Generation Making "Old" Barbaresco

Paolo Veglio has some of the most precious land and vineyards in Barbaresco, but only about four of his 20 hectares are planted with vines. “There are a lot of ways I could make more money,” he told me, “but that’s not what I set out to do.” Instead, his goal is to grow grapes […]

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Osteria Battaglino: The Pleasure of Sharing a Meal in Piemonte

Chef Marco Battaglino opened Osteria Battaglino with his wife, Flavia, to offer clients excellent food in an atmosphere of convivialit√† (shared pleasure of being around the table together). This is a deeply inherent Italian value with no English word equivalent. (“Conviviality” means friendly, genial or lively.) Since opening in 2010, they have succeeded on every […]

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San Fereolo: Greatness with Humility in Wine and Life

Often the best and most beautiful things in life are not immediately obvious or understood. This is certainly true of Nicoletta Bocca and her extraordinary San Fereolo wines. They open slowly, gradually revealing their greatness. The biggest surprise of San Fereolo is Nicoletta’s Dolcetto, an elegantly robust wine with firm tannins for aging, nothing like […]

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Cavallotto: Tradition of Barolo Wines Made Naturally

On their historic estate in the heart of the Barolo zone, Giuseppe, Alfio and Laura Cavallotto use organic/natural viticulture and natural cellar practices. They are fourth generation in their family to make wine here, following their father, Olivio, and uncle, Gildo, who were outliers in the 1960s when they began researching and experimenting with these […]

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Ferdinando Principiano: A Natural Bond with the Land and the Past

“If you don’t know where you’ve been,” Ferdinando Principiano asks rhetorically, “how can you possibly know where you’re going?” His philosophy of life and of making wine is deeply rooted in his respect for the Langhe, its history and the community here. Ferdinando’s intense curiosity has led him to research nineteenth century letters written by […]

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Bera: Natural Vitality on a Historic Estate in Piemonte

Alessandra Bera has the same natural energy and vitality that characterize her family’s vineyards in Canelli, near Asti. She, and her brother, Gian Luigi, with help from their father, Vittorio, make wine from vineyards purchased by their ancestors from the Knights Templar of the Order of Malta in 1758. They are in the limited area […]

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Senza Filtro (Unfiltered): Artisan Tasting Event at Foradori

On Monday, May 30, Elisabetta Foradori organized an extraordinary event with 65 artisan, [glossary_exclude] terroir [/glossary_exclude] winegrowers and their wines. Senza Filtro in Italian conveys the idea that the wines are immediate, vivacious, true expressions of place (terroir). To have those characteristics, the wines, by definition, have to be made “naturally”, but the event was […]

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Terroir Wine at Italian Wine Merchants NYC

Sergio Esposito founded Italian Wine Merchants with a group of investors in 1999 back when few Americans knew about small, independent Italian winegrowers making terroir wine. Eschewing the popular method of point scores, he told his clients about the people, who made the wine and the places that they came from. He displays only one […]

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