A family passion

Categories: Stories

My grandfather taught my father, my father taught me and it is something I recommend trying for yourself: after preparing a soft-boiled egg and eating the yolk, I fill the egg with Barolo, or as in this case, Barbera Loirano Soprano, and then I drink it. The blend of egg white and wine is wonderful! Try it for yourself,…

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Spring has arrived, time to work!

Categories: Vineyards and wines

In the middle of March, the temperatures were absolutely spring-like. Those lovely days helped nature awaken and as a result, the germination of the grape vines is imminent.  The nice temperatures make it easy to work in the fields. This is what we have been up to:   Tying the young vines to the stake,…

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The difficulty between years

Categories: Stories

Recently, I have been frequently asked by people passionate about Barbera d’Alba Zio Nando why there is such a big difference between the 2010 and the 2009 and between the 2010 and the 2011. We are not talking about a difference in quality, since you are well aware of the attention we pay to our…

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Langa Trends

Categories: Stories

The title of this post might seem misleading: Alba and environs are certainly not Milan, Paris or New York and are definitely not famous for dictating global trends. My aim is to immerse you in the atmosphere of this hilly zone and try to predict the near future of wine and, in general, that of…

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The Great North

Categories: Winetrotter

      6 days, 5 cities, 8 flights, 5 dinners and more than 350 people tasting the Rivetto Barolo. That is the numeric breakdown of my recent trip to ‘conquer’ the Great North. Norway and Iceland were my destinations last week, and I found the cities I visited, like Bergen, Trondheim, Tromso and Reykjavik,…

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Big snowfall, but all in vain

Categories: Vineyards and wines

The last days of January are considered to be the coldest of the year, but not this time around. This month, we did get some major snowfall, but it was all thwarted by the rain, which melted away the magnificent panorama. Here are a few photos for you of Langhe under a blanket of snow. But today’s high…

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Pruning in short sleeves

Categories: Vineyards and wines

I had hoped to be able to show you a few pretty photos of Langa under a blanket of snow, but so far it’s a no-go. Christmas 2013 and the beginning of 2014 have seemed to me more like the start of spring. The weather is quite pleasant, but I do not like it. The…

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Happy 2014 and a bio-proposal for the future

Categories: Opinions

I am aware that producing Barolo is an honour, but also that it is a responsibility, traveling the world and seeing how much we are envied for being in the right place to cultivate the Nebbiolo grape.  We are unquestionably leaders in Italy and worldwide, but I would also like us to be so in the area…

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A day in Serralunga d’Alba by Bruce Sanderson

Categories: News

Here is an extract of the Serralunga d’Alba post written by Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator senior editor and Piedmont specialist:   … Just a few miles away, Rivetto‘s perch atop a ridge to the east of Serralunga offers a stunning view of the castle. The property straddles the border between Serralunga and Sinio, which lies just outside the…

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