Anomalous Harvest: We are Starting with the Barbera!

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2011 will be a historic year for my business, because for the first time we are not starting the harvest with the classic, Dolcetto but rather the Barbera. Given the unsettling data from the sugar perspective concerning the precocious and semi-precocious varieties, we decided to start with the Barbera Zio Nando and Lirano Soprano. It…

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Now it’s the Nebbiolos’ turn

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On 28 July 2011, the Nebbiolo grapes began turning colour and stand as proof that this year’s harvest will be inevitably precocious. Over the past week, the weather has been anomalous: intermittent rains and atypically cool air were characteristic of late July this year. Contrary to what many people think, I believe that these dry…

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Figs, too

Categories: Vineyards and wines

After the plums ripened a month or so early this year, then, last week, my dad brought me a plate of very sweet, very delicious figs – usually picked in mid or late August. This to give you an idea of how the grapevines and fruit trees are in equal step, running about twenty days…

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