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Bar Mezzana: Pairing Modern Excellence with Italian Organic Wine in Boston

Within weeks of meeting Eleonora Costa of Crealto at Vini Dei Vignaioli, the natural Italian wine fair near Parma… I found her wine at the hip, new Bar Mezzana in Boston’s South End. It was listed among other natural Italian wines I’ve written about like Elisabetta Foradori Manzoni Bianco and Granato, Eugenio Bocchino Barolo, Arianna […]

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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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Alta Langa: Trattoria Coccinella

High up in the Alta Langa between Barolo and the sea, the three Dellaferrara brothers run a remarkable trattoria that could be called a ristorante. It has the local, family feel of the former with the elegance and cuisine of the latter. Massimo does his magic in the kitchen while Tiziano and Alessandro strike just […]

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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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Barolo Boys: The Power & Effects of International Wine Marketing

“Barolo Boys” (2014) is a documentary about the Barolo “boom” in the nineties. The strength of the film is its success in chronicling how a group of family owned wineries (7 men + 1 woman)* changed the historical character of their wines for marketing purposes and what happened as a result. The story is important […]

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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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Following grape logic in Piemonte: Casa Wallace

A sunny Saturday with a little autumn haze on the rolling hills of Piemonte was a perfect day for picking grapes with Claudio Cepollina and Sarah Wallace in the vineyards of Casa Wallace. He is Italian and she, American. They raised their children near Genova while Claudio worked first as a shipping broker then as […]

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Hot Springs: Acqui Terme in Piemonte

If there’s one thing that can get me off the wine trail, it’s ancient, hot sulpher springs. I love them, and you can find them all over Italy. On my way to vineyard visits, I stopped yesterday at the Lago del Sorgente (Lake of the Springs) Spa in the tiny town of Acqui Terme where […]

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