Blueberry

Looking for a place to stay in La Morra? I have stayed at Blueberry a few times, and it’s a perfect place for me. Since I spend most of my time out and about, Blueberry provides just what I need: a comfortable bed, clean and cozy environment and good service.

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The staff is very welcoming, and very flexible, especially when it comes to check in and check out. And the location is perfect! Smack in the middle of the center, close to all the main restaurants, the supermarket, the bank and tourist office. La Morra isn’t a very big town, but it’s still nice to be very close to everything.

I believe you can book a few places, including Airbnb, but you can also contact them through their website: http://www.blueberrylamorra.it/

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Half way to 50

My birthday is coming up and what better way to celebrate than spending a weekend in Barolo with some of my closest friends. Since I am a Norwegian and the area is becoming more popular, I have planned ahead and the itinerary is almost complete.

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When planning the trip I kept a few things in mind. First of, I want to make sure I visit as many of my favorite restaurants as possible. Second, I try to visit a few of my “regular” wineries so that I get to see my friends. And lastly, I want to make sure my guests have a good time as well. Hopefully there will be a good mix of food, wine and wonderful people. Below you can find the agenda for my birthday weekend!

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Grape Varieties in Barolo

The main grape varieties in the Barolo area are Dolcetto, Barbera and Nebbiolo. There are of course other grapes that grow in the area, but the above mentioned are the main varieties. For my untrained eye, they just look like grapes. But each type has different characteristics, different leaves and of course different tastes.

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Dolcetto grapes are used make what I call the “baby wine”. The word dolcetto means “little sweet one”, however the wines are not necessarily sweet. Dolcetto is typically dry, and are known for it’s black cherry and licorice flavors. The wine is light and easy to drink, an everyday wine.

Barbera is the next grape variety. The wines is heavier than dolcetto and is typically consumed with food. The wine has notes of cherries, raspberries and blueberries. It is also known for it’s deep ruby color.

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Nebbiolo is the king of Piemonte. If Nebbiolo is grown in the Barolo region, you can call it Barolo. But if it grows next door, in Barbaresco, then you have to call it Barbaresco. But in general nebbiolo is used for the big wines, the wines you can store for decades. And it’s one of the main attraction for wine lovers.

 

Cantina Communale La Morra

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In many of the towns in Barolo you will find a Cantina Communale. Here you van buy wines from the producers from that specific time. At the Cantina Communale in Castiglione you will find wines from the producers in Castiglione, same goes for La Morra. What is nice about the Cantina Communale is that there is barely a markup and the selection is great.

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At the Cantina Communale in La Morra you will find the wonderful Emanuela. I love opening the door to the store and seeing her face. Her smile is priceless.

The staff at the Cantina Communale is very knowledgable and can help you find what you are looking for. This is also a place you can get information about the area, for example if you are looking for a restaurant or a walking path. So stop by if you can, and if you see Emanuela, give her a big hug from me!

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Piemontegirl’s First Vendemmia

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I have been in Barolo quite a few times, but I have never been there for the harvest. But finally, this year, I got to experience it. It really is a very interesting moment. All the hard work that has been done in the vineyard is now on it’s way to become wine. Most of the work is done. Now we just wait and see. These grapes will be wine in 2 to 5 years.

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