Pop Quiz, hotshots.
a) A regional airline, formerly hubbed at
b) An geographical region of
c) An Italian region where some of the most expensive wine in the world is made.
d) All of the above.
The answer is, of course, "d" -- although "a" brings back memories. My family used to fly
The Piedmont is considered most of northwestern
From a viticultural (WineSpeak for "wine producing") perspective, the Piedmont's wines are quite a change from what you'll experience in Italian regions like
There are two other major grape varietals grown in the
As with most places around the world -- as winemaking techniques improved, Italian vintners have started producing higher end Barbera and Dolcetto instead of just using them for table wine. Piedmont Airlines' old slogan was "The Up-and-Coming Airline." The Piedmont region could also use that slogan with the increased quality. These wines are wonderful food wines and cost a fraction of Barolo & Barbaresco. Here are a couple of examples:
Michele Chiarlo 2004 Barbera d'Asti -- People see "
Mauro Molino 2005 Dolcetto d'Alba -- People see "Alba" and usually precede it in their minds (or at least many of my male and some of my female readers do) with "Jessica." Ms. Alba, however, is a Danish/Mexican blend, not Italian like the Dolcetto here. Dolcetto is a the lightest major red of the
Fontanafredde Langhe Eremo 2004 Barbera e Nebbiolo -- An interesting blend. Most wines from the