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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Lulù: the inconvenient rebel

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By now, more than seventy years have passed since the end of the Second World War, but in Langa, the memory of that period is still alive. While thinking about the set-up of a small cave dug out of the Lirano marl, stories of war the come to mind, passed down by grandfathers, family members…

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Alba D.O.C.: Another Useless DOC

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I wasn’t aware of it previously, but seeing it written now, it distresses me even more. Here, in the publication Albo Vigneti 2010, is an example of how to send a great opportunity for the Langa and Roera zone up in smoke: the birth of the new DOC ALBA. The more I repeat the words…

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Barolo Vertical Tasting – Live, Taste, Love (Part Three – Love)

Categories: Events

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTHaJcn0pJk&feature=player_embedded Love. Because if something is the fruit of an act of love, there is a difference. It’s perceptible and does not pass unobserved. An almost instinctive act, that of putting something aside that is close to being finished, that is becoming scarce, but that one cares about, becomes a far-sighted and generous act. The…

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Grandpa Ercole "Ercolino"

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Generous and intuitive, with a great nose for wine; a businessman through and through, but honest. Even today, when I’m in the countryside, I run into men who tell me anecdotes about my grandfather. He was respected because he paid fairly and at times even more than fair. He knew wine and our cellar in…

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Everything started at the counter

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What an amount of meat must have been cut on that counter! Only my great-grandfather Giovanni would know that. Our wine business was born right on that butcher’s block in the little town of Montaldo Scarampi, in Asti, in the first years of the 1900s. My great-grandfather was the owner of a butchers and a…

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Fog with a surprise

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Thermal inversion is a technical expression identifying this spectacular phenomenon, typical in the valleys of the Langhe region. The warmth goes up and cold goes down, and the result is that going up, the fog gets less dense. Look what happens! Thermal inversions are usually more frequent during the winter and during the high pressure…

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