Monthly Archives: October 2018

Living in Italy – how to find a gardener

How do you find a good gardener in Italy? This is the kind of million dollar question we’re still asking ourselves after a few years now. The last guy was good but he used to charge us a fortune, cash … Continue reading

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Reborn Nascetta – white Barolo, 1

It was on a late summer visit to Elvio Cogno that I first tasted Nascetta – the local white Barolo grape variety that’s made a comeback in the middle of this red wine territory. Elvio Cogno as it turns out, … Continue reading

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The water of life – Langhe spirits

My sommelier book says that distillation sits between art and science. It’s a mysterious process and I often have visions of what goes on in those copper wombs. Volatile hearts and flying or sinking heads and tails as the case … Continue reading

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Stacking wood

Your red heart… And swirls and pink stripes Turned up with An hour’s notice On a Monday Morning wood stacking That’s my poetry attempt at the fact that after three weeks of not having understood whether we had successfully placed … Continue reading

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Nebbiolo grape juice – or what to do with your Italian neighbour’s produce

Italians are generous people and if you’re lucky enough to live here and have neighbours with veggie patches or fruit trees, you’ll know what I mean when I say that that generosity can sometimes be a challenge. From our friends … Continue reading

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Merry-go-round in the church – Valerio Berruti and Alba art

You can hear the haunting music from the street. Milling around the backstreets of Alba, it beckons curiosity and entering the church of San Domenico, one is met with a scene of astounding beauty. A merry-go-round, with fairy lights turning … Continue reading

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The Palio degli Asini – not just a donkey race

Do not be fooled into thinking this is a mere donkey race. This is THE Palio degli Asini in Alba and it’s a lot of serious fun. After parades and re-enactments we finally get down to the business end of … Continue reading

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Rimontaggio – my own touch of Langhe rosso

How exciting! My first real task in a wine cellar – pumping over my friend’s Langhe Rosso. This wine is going to taste of my touch….! I’m sure this gets boring and banal for the seasoned wine maker. In fact … Continue reading

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