Luigi Pira

It's been a while since I visited Pira. (Although, if you want to say hello you can just stop by Centro Storico, you're very likely to run into him there!) It's always a pleasure to visit Pira. This time I learned something new: Gianpaolo is an avid truffle hunter! In his new tasting room you... Continue Reading →

Wine of the Week

Azelia Barolo Margheria 2004 Wine: Barolo Margheria Producer: Azelia Region/Appellation: Piemonte, Italy Grape varieties: Nebbiolo Vintage: 2004   Eye: red-brown, translucent Nose: mineral, earthy, salty, dark cherries, roses Mouth: medium-full bodied, earthy, tannins present Price Point: $60 Available at Vinmonopolet: yes Available at Systembolaget: no

Margheria: Wine of the Week

Azelia Barolo Margheria 2004 Margheria is located in Serralunga d'Alba. It has south exposure and a clayey soil. Azelia's vines are aged about 50 years and the grapes are put in large casks (not small botti) after harvest. All of these excellent traits and make for a very good wine. You can check out Azelia's... Continue Reading →

Bottle Variance

Bottle Variance: A conondrum This Christmas, I experienced Bottle Variance for the first time. It was the strangest thing. We opened 2 Azelia Barolo Margheria 2004, but they tasted like two completely different wines. Both were good: there was nothing wrong with either of the wines, but when we were blind tasting, no one guessed... Continue Reading →

Winery Wednesday

Azelia At the bottom of the hill of Castiglione Faletto (almost in La Morra) you'll find Azelia. The winery started producing wine in 1920 and has gradually grown into the winery it is today. Lorenzo and his father Luigi run the winery today, already the 5th generation of winemakers of Azelia. As most of the... Continue Reading →

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