Red Wine, Loire Valley, Piedmont

The Loire Valley wine region lies between the center and the northwest of France, along the Loire river. It is home to some of France's most well-known wines, notably, Sancerre, Muscadet, Vouvray and Pouilly-Fumé.

The majority of output from Loire production is white wine, from grape varieties such as Sauvignon blanc, Chenin Blanc and Melon de Bourgogne grapes. There are in total 87 appellations in Loire, stretching from the Atlantic coast and heading inland near the city of Orléans. The region is commonly divided in to three subregions. The upper Loire is predominantly Sauvignon Blanc and includes the areas of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé. Middle Loire is mostly under Chenin Blanc (and some Cabernet Franc) and includes villages of Touraine, Saumur, Chinon and Vouvray. Lastly in the lower Loire, to the west the Melon de Bourgogne grape variety thrives in the Muscadet region and is the most widely planted grape in the Loire.
Piedmont (Piemonte in Italian) is probably the finest wine region in all of Italy, and has laid claim to this since Roman times. It has a continental climate influenced by the surrounding Alps and Ligurian Apennines, and is located in the north-west of Italy, bordering both France and Switzerland.

Piedmont has only 1% of the total vineyards of Bordeaux and 15% that of Burgundy. So while a top Chateaux may produce upwards of 35,000 cases a year, leading Barolo producers will often make only 800 cases. More than half of its vineyards are registered with DOC designations and many are in the Apennine or Alpine foothills, from 300-600m above sea level. Most of the wines are produced by smaller family estates rather than larger holdings.

Piedmont has 46 different DOC and four DOCG regions, and produces the largest number of well known, world-recognized, prize-winning wines. The most famous would have to be Barolo or Barbaresco, whose power comes from the Nebbiolo grape variety. The most widely planted red variety is Barbera although Dolcetto, Muscat, Shiraz and Bonarda are also produced.

The white variety most well known is Moscato, which is often made into frizzante (bubbly) wines known as Asti. Cortese is made into the popular Gavi wines, and smaller amounts of Chardonnay and high quality Sparkling are also produced in the far north of Piedmont.
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  1. Musso Dolcetto D'Alba DOC 2019
    The Musso winery was founded in 1929 and coincides with one of the most critical moments of the Italian economy and the world, the year of the “Great Depression” Sebastiano Musso, born in 1906, did not lose heart. Valter Musso, a young ... Learn More
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  2. Maretti Barolo 2016
    The 2016 Vintage Barolo enjoyed exceptional conditions, turning out wines that will be extremely long lived! A stellar year that will continue to improve in the cellar. The colour is dark garnet with ruby highlights. It has a clear-cut, intense nose ... Learn More
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  3. Gd Vajra Coste Di Rose Barolo 2017
    "Coste di Rose is possibly the most approachable cru of Barolo at this stage, with roses and a floral-dominated nose, combined with marasca cherry and hints of licorice and mint. A very elegant and pleasurable structure that flows gracefully on ... Learn More
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  4. Produttori del Barbaresco Muncagota Barbaresco Riserva 2014
    The 2014 Barbaresco Riserva Muncagota is beautifully polished and bright, with dark berry fruit, ripe cherry, crushed stone and pressed flowers. The wine is compact and firm, and you feel the tannins and power in the mouth. The Muncagota remains slightly ... Learn More
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  5. Massolino Barolo 'Parussi' 2017
    This is the only Barolo vineyard that Massolino owns outside of Serralunga, ‘the egg outside of the nest’ as an old Piemonte saying goes. On the crest of the ridge, Parussi is next to the Serralunga border on the Castiglione ... Learn More
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  6. Massolino Barolo Margheria 2017
    The Margheria vineyard is one of Serralunga’s most important and illustrious sites. The Massolino family bought their first parcel here in 1964, and the remainder came online during the ’70s. The current holding is 1.5 hectares. Sitting at 340 metres above sea ... Learn More
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  7. Vietti Barolo Brunate La Morra 2017
    The grapes are selected from the historical Cru Brunate, located in La Morra, on the south side towards Barolo, with about 4,600 plants per hectare. The 2017 Barolo Brunate is a powerful, brooding wine. Huge dark fruit, leather, spice, menthol and dried ... Learn More
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  8. Vietti Barolo Lazzarito 2017
    The grapes are selected from very important small vineyards in the Barolo region. Vietti's 2017 Barolo Lazzarito is absolutely gorgeous. Whatever the challenges of the growing season, they appear to have been no problem here. More than anything else, the Lazzarito ... Learn More
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  9. Luciano Sandrone Barolo Aleste 2017 (1.5L Magnum)
    The name of the wine may have changed, but Sandrone’s famous single-cru Barolo is still, and will always be, 100% Cannubi Boschis. Boschis is a particular subzone near the northern end within the Cannubi hill. It’s a plot that ... Learn More
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  10. Giuseppe Mascarello Barolo Riserva Monprivato Ca d'Morissio 2012
    The Giuseppe Mascarello 2012 Barolo Riserva Monprivato Cà d'Morissio is only made in the best vintages. We did not see the wine in 2009 and 2011, but we did see it in 2010 and 2013. I have some reservations regarding this expression from the hot 2012 ... Learn More
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