Winery Wednesday

Bruno Rocca

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I know I focus a lot on Barolo, but as many of you know Barbaresco is also an amazing wine area. And one of my favorite producers from that region is Bruno Rocca. They have a really good selection of wines and a beautiful estate, so if you’re looking for wineries in Barbaresco (or Piemonte for that matter) you should check it out.

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The Rocca family has been making wine for decades, starting as early as the 1830’s. However, it wasn’t until 1978 that Bruno Rocca started making wine under the family name. And now his childern, Luisa and Francesco also work at the winery. You can see Luisa in the picture below. One of the prides of Barbaresco is the Rabajà, a very well known cru. tbt barbaresco tower

La Bottega del Vino

One of the things I like to do is ask the “professional” foodies where they go to eat and drink, and I’m rarely disappointed. La Bottega del Vino was recommended by Ciccio from Centro Storico and he was not wrong to recommend this place. I think I spent 20 minutes with the wine list alone, and because the wine list was so amazing I had to first pick the wine and then the food — struggles.

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I went safe with the food: Vitello Tonnato, Raviolo cacio & pepe and a lava cake for dessert. The ravioli was really good, with tons of good flavors. I did not get a picture because I got too excited didn’t have time to take a photo… But it was good! The Vitello Tonnato was also good, but I still prefer the versions in Barolo. And chocholate cake is never a bad idea. So food wise it was a pretty good night!IMG_0120

Now the wine… I know it might be strange to order french wine in Italy but when I saw they had Marc Colin on the wine list I did not have much choice. I think he makes some of the best wines in the world, and even his most “basic” wines are incredible. So you don’t have to break the bank to enjoy a good glass of chardonnay. Apart from Marc Colin they had many other amazing french wines from Matror, Liger-Belair and Domaine Leflaive. In the Piemonte section they had a good selection of Gusieppe Rinaldi, Capellano, Vietti, Cavallotto, Brezza, Gaja and Conterno. I was not disappointed and hope to return here very soon!

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Blurry but the wine was still good 😉

 

Wine of the Week

Cappellano Nebbiolo d’Alba

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Wine: Nebbiolo d’Alba

Producer: Cappellano

Region/Appellation: Piemonte, Italy

Grape varieties: Nebbiolo

Vintage: 2012

 

Eye: clear brownish red

Nose: roses, violets, earthy, cherries, some tar

Mouth: raspberry, red fruits, good acidity

 

 

Price Point: $27

Available at Vinmonopolet: no

Available at Systembolaget: no

#tbt Recap

Looking back at my not too shabby wine adventure. I know I am very lucky, and I appreciate every moment along the way. Here are some of my favorite moments.

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Taking a selfie with Charles Philipponnat

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Working with Luca Currado at the Vietti stand at Tre Bicchieri

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Celebrating 17 Mai with the Veglio’s in NYC

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Picking grapes for Uno Per Uno with the team at Cantina Altare

Wine of the Week

Pira Dolcetto d’Alba 2015

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Wine: Dolcetto d’Alba

Producer: Pira

Region/Appellation: Piemonte, Italy

Grape varieties: Dolcetto

Vintage: 2015

 

Eye: ruby red

Nose: fruity, floral, dark cherries, strawberries,

Mouth: medium body, fruity, good tannins

 

Price Point: $11

Available at Vinmonopolet: No

Available at Systembolaget: Yes