Category Archives: Piemonte

Martini Asti Spumante 1998!

I’m moving house. It’s hard work, but as we pack things up, make space and fill space, I’ve had some interesting discoveries. We found a bottle of Martini Asti Spumante. I love Asti. I know it’s naff, but it’s really refreshing and cheerful. It’s youthful and fun. At least it normally is. Based on careful… Read More »

Bava Barolo de Castiglion Falletto 2000

The credit crunch is biting hard in the world of wine, with everyone thinking about how to cut back on spending in different ways. I admit that looking out for bargain Barolo isn’t exactly bread-line behaviour, but I felt I was doing my bit for the economy by picking up a discounted bottle of Bava… Read More »

Langhe Nebbiolo De Forville 2005

It’s cold out so we’ve been eating hearty comfort food, so I’ve been raiding the cupboard for hearty wines that can stand up to them. Last nights’ choice was Langhe Nebbiolo 2005 De Forville. It’s made from the same grape as Barolo, in the same general neighbourhood, give or take a few miles, and comes… Read More »

Radcliffe’s Barolo 2001

We had a Radcliffe’s Barolo 2001 this weekend. It had been hanging around in the wine rack for about a year, waiting for its opportunity to shine. It was dark with a slight tinge of brick around the edge. 2001 isn’t old for an old style Barolo, but this one was made for relatively early… Read More »

Ca’Solare’s Asti DOCG

It’s bonfire night in Britain, a curious and culturally slightly dubious celebration involving burning effigies, setting off fireworks and eating baked potatoes and sausages. We had our party last night, and it was a hoot. One thing you do need to be careful of is ensuring that the designated firework lighter and anyone likely to… Read More »

Colombardo Barolo

I had dinner at a local Italian restaurant this weekend. It’s one of my favourites, the service is a little erratic, but always friendly, and there’s always a new dish to try. The wine list comes on a laminated A5 card, with ten wine choices, two of which are ‘white wine’ and ‘red wine’. There’s… Read More »