Finally A Barolo Villa Rental: Villa Ribota

Villa Ribota

A Barolo villa situated in the heart of the Langhe. Come on over, the wine – and water – are great!

Time for another edition of Piedmont Portraits – a new section I introduced a few months back. Apologies for the delay in an addition to this section. It has been a busy spring!

Piedmont Portraits highlights artisan producers and specialty service providers across the region. My regular readers know that wine is my main focus, but many other providers contribute to the magic of the area, so I’d be remiss not to include those as well.

For this post, that focus is on a new Barolo villa that is owned by fellow expats Allegra and Rich. Their gorgeous Barolo holiday rental sits in the heart of the vineyards. Gather a group and book a stay. And, invite me over to use the pool – I’ll bring vino! Continue reading →

Visit Franciacorta Wine Region: Italian Sparkling Wine For the Win!

Lake Iseo

Franciacorta Wine Region — an hour drive from Milan takes you to one of Italy’s best kept wine secrets.

Italian sparkling wine is far more than Prosecco and Moscato d’Asti. If you aren’t familiar with the Franciacorta wine region, you are not alone. These rich and meaty Italian sparkling wines are sold almost exclusively in Italy with only 5 to 10 percent exported to other countries.

Not only are the wines amazing, the area also offers an idyllic lakeside tourist destination in Lago d’Iseo or Lake Iseo.

If you are planning some Italy wine country travels, make sure you add Franciacorta to your list.

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Wine tasting in Barolo Without Appointments

Wine tasting in Barolo

Wine tasting in Barolo and Barbaresco without an appointment – let’s talk tasting rooms!

If you read my blog regularly you know I stress that the Piedmont wine tasting experience is unique. For the most part you need appointments to visit wine producers. And, the wine tour and tastings usually last much longer than in New World regions.

Wine tasting in Barolo and Barbaresco is an intimate and personal experience. Often the winery visit is led by a family member or their lone employee. But, for those Wine Tasting Warriors looking to get in more sips and swirls, walk-in tasting rooms do exist. Continue reading →

Bringing Wine Home From Italy

how to travel with wine

Bringing Wine Home From Italy – tips and tricks for your Italy Wine Country travels.

I fondly remember my early Italy wine country travel days. I’d try desperately to under pack so I could load up on vino, always making room for bubble wrap – (bottle) safety first! I’d even toss in an extra bag so it was easier to check more, if necessary (it was always necessary!)

I believe my years of practice help me speak quite expertly to the question of how to travel with winesomething I get asked a lot given my current residence. There are more options than most people realize when it comes to bringing wine home from Italy. Shipping and checking on the plane are both viable options.

That’s the topic of discussion for this post, how to do it both cost effectively and safely. I hope it helps your wine travels!  Continue reading →

Il Caberlot wine: A unique IGT wine from Central Tuscany

Caberlot Toscana IGT

Il Caberlot wine is a Tuscan IGT wine only found in the Chianti mountains of Valdarno. 

If you think this post is going to be about a cellar blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot, you are in for a surprise. Caberlot wine is far more exciting than that. Continue reading →

Insider’s Guide to Barbaresco and Barolo Restaurants

Barolo Restaurant

The Insider’s Guide to Barbaresco and Barolo Restaurants is a list of casual and fine dining options as well wine bars around the Langhe.

A question I get a lot is where to eat in the Langhe. During heavy tourist season I’m forever emailing recommendations to visitors, tour clients – even the locals ask me where we go. I guess because we like to explore.

That said, I decided to compile a Barbaresco and Barolo restaurant guide, complete with favorites around the villages as well as in the primary wine town of Alba. Of course, once I started hitting the keys I realized there were just too many for one post. So, earlier this year I published the Insider’s Guide to Alba Restaurants and today we’re moving on to the Insider’s Guide to Barbaresco and Barolo Restaurants. Just putting it together makes me hungry! Continue reading →

Italy Wine Country Travel: When Tuscany Calls

Italy Wine Country Travels

Italy wine country travel doesn’t only mean Piedmont at Girl’s Gotta Drink. Let’s take a break from Northern Italy and talk Tuscan wine travel.  Continue reading →

Rivetto Winery: A Piedmont Portrait

Rivetto Wine Barolo

Rivetto Winery is the first profile in my new series, Piedmont Portraits. Join me as I explore the life blood of my region: the producers.

Wineries, cheese producers, pasta makers, truffle hunters, shop keepers, and the like contribute equally to the cultural make-up of this magical Northern Italy region. So, while I may focus more heavily on wine, it won’t be the only topic for this series.  Continue reading →

Moscato Food Pairing: Moscato For Breakfast, Anyone?

Moscato Food Pairing

A Moscato food pairing for brunch – why not? It’s low alcohol wine, bubbly and crisp, and fruity but not too sweet. >

Since Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday this year I thought of my favorite Moscato food pairing for my Wine Pairing Weekend group’s annual ode to February 14th. Hungry? I know I am. Continue reading →

The Insider’s Guide to Alba Restaurants

Alba Italy Restaurant

The Insider’s Guide to Alba Restaurants is your ticket to eat, drink, and be merry. Alba, Italy is the primary wine town in Northern Italy’s Langhe wine region. The Langhe is made up of Piedmont’s most well known wine areas of Barolo and Barbaresco.

Alba sits directly between Barolo and Barbaresco. For visitors looking to explore the Langhe without renting a car we often recommend they stay in Alba for easy access to amenities like restaurants, pharmacies, grocery stores, hotels, bike rentals, and more.

The Insiders Guide to Alba Restaurants covers everything from coffee bars / caffe, wine bars, osterias, pizzerias, gelato, and fine dining establishments. Dig in!  Continue reading →