May 11, 2013 |
This is a stunning Arneis from Giovanni Almondo in the Roero region of Piedmont. And to think this grape was once almost extinct. It may be temperamental, but whatever pains must be taken to produce this lovely white are worth it. The 2011 wafts the scents of ripe pears, melons and flowers from the glass. It's fleshy but lithe, cool-toned and with a vivid minerality. I'd pour it with mozzarella and pea shoots, with summer soups and pastas, and grilled whole fish. It's a terrific basic that doesn't cost the Earth.
May 5, 2012 |
Barbaresco doesn't usually come in under $30 - and when you find a Barbaresco of this quality at this price, jump on it. One of the great bargains in Piedmont is the Paitin "Serra" from the Elia Pasquero family, which has been farming these hillside vineyards since the late 18th century. Very drinkable already, the 2008 has a lovely bouquet of cherries and earth. Complex and elegant, this Barbaresco has lots to reveal as it sits in the glass - concentrated dark berries, violets, tobacco leaves and more.
November 4, 2010
Where to buy Piedmont reds Here are some of the places you can buy the wines mentioned in the story. 2007 Chateau Feuillet Valle d'Aosta "Torrette": Wine Expo in Santa Monica, (310) 828-4428, http://www.wineexpo.com, and the Wine House in West Los Angeles, (310) 479-3731, http://www.winehouse.com , about $25. 2007 Didier Gerbelle Valle d'Aosta "Vigne Tsancognein Torrette Supérieur": Woodland Hills Wine Co. in Woodland Hills, (818) 222-1111, http://www.
November 4, 2010 |
For the last 30 years, the red wine spotlight in and around Italy's Piedmont region has been dominated by its big guns, Barolo and Barbaresco. And rightly so: These majestic wines are some of the country's noblest. But there is also an unsung retinue of alternative bottlings, both from the Langhe region (where the Barolo and Barbaresco growing areas are located) and from lesser-known areas beyond its borders. These areas are finally gaining a toehold in the U.S. market and proving just how diverse the region is. Northwest Italy almost seems like a confluence of several great European red wine regions, possessing reds with the majesty of Bordeaux, suppleness of Burgundy, stature of Hermitage and charm of Beaujolais or the Côtes du Rhône.
February 4, 2009 |
A nonprofit Chicano arts center in East Los Angeles will get to stay in its landmark location for at least one more year, but it will have to pay rent. Board members of the Self Help Graphics & Art cultural center at 3802 Cesar Chavez Ave. have negotiated what they described as a "favorable lease agreement" with the building's new owner, Piedmont Investment Co., according to a statement Tuesday from Self Help. The agreement calls for Piedmont, which bought the building last year, to upgrade and renovate the building.
March 26, 2008 |
. -- Before the skies darken and rain returns to this soaked corner of the heartland, people are scrambling to salvage what they can. Thunderstorms are predicted to hit this blue-collar Missouri town of not quite 2,000 by today. It's a frightening forecast, after a foot or more of rain fell last week across parts of the Midwest, triggering floods in Missouri that left five people dead, submerged rural towns and swept residents away as they tried to flee.