Finally, I can get into the vineyards! After nine straight days of tasting, usually from 9:00AM until 6:00PM, followed by lengthy dinners and a long drive back to a room, I am in the Langa. Two quick days to make a few rounds, visit some friends. I am staying with a long-time friend and man, if that isn't the sweetest view outside a window I don't know what is.
After visiting Lageder and the Summa alternate conference, where I tasted Giacosa, deGresy (in anticipation of today) and a whole range of Lageder, Marco Felluga, some amazing Rieslings and some wacky Austrian wines, I am calibrated. A four hour drive got me into Valdivilla just in time to catch the magic bus to Neive to have, what else, pizza and Nebbiolo in Neive.
|Now that's a by the glass program!|
|Two full pages of Produttori|
|Did I say Two full pages? and served at the right temperature too!|
|The 2008 Langhe Nebbiolo was devilishly good with the Diavola|
I'm on the run and heading back to Barbaresco and Castiglione Falletto today. Just a little postcard from one of my favorite places on earth. And yes, finally, I am back on the wine trail in Italy.