Lunch at Dispensa Pani e Vini in Erbusco was superlative…

Marinated coregone (Coregonus lavaretus, European white fish) served with an “ice cream marinade.” There is no one who can rival the fresh-water fish mastery of chef Vittorio Fusari at his amazing Dispensa Pani e Vini (“Bread and Wine Dispensary”) in the village of Torbiato di Adro (in the province of...

Top ranking for Pievalta in Slow Wine Magazine Verdicchio mini vertical

Above: Pievalta landed in the Slow Wine editors’ “top ten” wines from 2004 and 2006 in a feature devoted to Verdicchio and its ability to produce fine, age-worthy white wines. That’s Pievalta general manager Silvia Loschi in one of the photos that accompanies the piece. “Who says that Italian whites...

Extraordinary dinner @CaracolHou (best restaurant in Houston?) TY @SeanForLBW

We just had to share these photos from our extraordinary dinner a few weeks ago at Caracol in Houston, a new restaurant by award-winning chef Hugo Ortega that features “coastal” cooking from Mexico. Leading Houston sommelier Sean Beck, the restaurant’s wine director, ordered for us and didn’t miss a beat....

Franco Ziliani @VinoAlVino reviews 08 Franciacorta Rosé for Cucchiaio.it

The following translation is from top Italian wine writer Franco Ziliani’s review of the Barone Pizzini 2008 Franciacorta Rosé for Cucchiaio.it, one of Italy’s leading online food and wine resources: [Barone Pizzini’s Franciacorta Rosé 2008] was declared ‘the best organic wine in the world’ at the International Wine Challenge [in...

Pievalta report: tasting 2012 and revisiting 2010

Last week, Pievalta winemaker Alessandro Fenino began tasting the 2012 parcels and revisited the 2010 reserve wine. His notes follow… [caption id="attachment_6417" align="aligncenter" width="576"]  [/caption] We were pleasantly surprised by our tasting of the 2012 base wines. It was a difficult vintage where heat and drought had stressed the youngest...

Pruning in Castelli di Jesi

Last week at Pievalta, they finished pruning the forty-year-old Verdicchio vineyards around the cellar and this week they have been pruning the young ones (4 years old). At Pievalta, the Guyot training system is employed and so every year during the pruning, they leave a cane from the previous vintage...

A classic harvest expected in Castelli di Jesi

A note from Pievalta winery manager Silvia Loschi: Here’s a photo [above] of Verdicchio grapes taken today in our Moie vineyard. We’ve been preparing for the 2013 harvest this week. We started by checking and cleaning the press, tanks, and pumps. On Friday morning at 7:30 a.m., we began sampling...

Beautiful weather today in Franciacorta

Barone Pizzini GM Silvano Brescianini sent in this photo today while out driving around the vineyards on the estate. It’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it, right? Here’s a weather updated grabbed at 2 p.m. local time (Provaglio d’Iseo):