Order your wines for our Piedmont Wine Virtual Education sessions in May and June 2020.
More sessions and wines (with some killer, limited production / hard-to-find) Barbaresco and Barolo coming up next! And, if you want a custom order, note it below. We can get you all set up with summer and fall wines in one go. Class schedule and bottle info below or click here for more details.
Piedmont wine virtual education program – wine order:
Fulfillment and shipping are handled by Enoteca La Vite Turchese in Barolo. So, once you’ve placed your order, Stefano and Elisabetta will be in touch with a secure link to make your online payment.
- FREE Shipping on 12+ bottles, including North America (the U.S.A. and Canada).
- We recommended wine orders in six and 12-bottle increments. Below the order form is a breakdown of all the wines.
- 5% of wine sales will be donated to ROAR NY to support restaurant industry workers affected by COVID-19.
- We recommended ordering by 31 May 2020 to receive the wines for the 20 June 2020 Piedmont Native Grapes Masterclass. If you don’t receive your wines in time, don’t despair! Open a favorite Piedmont wine and save the bottles for our other sessions!
Piedmont Wine Education: About the bottles
Franco Conterno Nebbiolo Sparkling Extra Brut (Metodo Classico) NV
The Conterno family has been making wines in the Barolo winemaking area of Monforte since 1940, producing all the area’s most important grapes. Their Metodo Classico extra brut is 100 percent nebbiolo with second fermentation using the classic sur lie method for at least 40 months.
The wine shows hints of apple and dried fruit on the nose with lively flavor, good structure, and perfect acidity.
Cieck Sparkling Erbaluce (Metodo Classico) 2016
From the hills beyond Turin, the lesser-known erbaluce grape gives rockstar versatility making it gorgeous in all forms – still, sparkling, and passito. A refined, floral bouquet with a dry, fresh taste. Cieck’s Metodo Classico bursts with vibrancy and zest. For me, it’s sunshine in a glass.
Demarie Roero Arneis 2019
Indigenous to the Roero, arneis means ‘little rascal’ in Piemontese dialect, which in this case describes an extrovert, a bit of a rebel – original with a certain charm level of charm. Ottimo.
The white arneis used to serve as a blending grape to soften nebbiolo; Roero producers could blend up to five percent in Roero Rosso / Riserva before its 2005 DOCG designation. The grape itself wasn’t used on its own until the 1990s when a small group of Roero producers decided to try to vinify it as a varietal wine. The experiment took off and now it’s a thing. Demarie is one of my favorite Roero producers, making a beautiful expression with good minerality and lively freshness – a great summer wine. If you get into arneis, try Demarie’s sparkling Metodo Classico Arneis For You.
Negro Giuseppe Monsu Rosato (100% nebbiolo) 2019
It’s not summer without rosé! Rosato in Italian, these grapes come from the top Barbaresco cru of Monsu in the winemaking area of Neive. A light, fresh wine with just enough weight to make it a serious rosè. The producer sells very outside of Italy with nearly all of his sales right at the cellar door. Stock up for spring and summer!
Raineri Dolcetto DOCG Dogliani 2018
Dolcetto is an often-overlooked workhorse Piedmont grape. In the Langhe, many producers have replanted dolcetto vineyards with higher-yielding barbera and nebbiolo vines.
But, head down the road to Dogliani and you’ll find dolcetto magic in them there hills. And, this Raineri dolcetto an excellent example.
Only about 5,000 bottles made from the family’s 35-year-old Zovetto vineyard. Vinification of only inox stainless steel to preserve the wine’s great fruit and freshness.
Cascina Gavetta Langhe Nascetta Comune di Novello DOC 2018
The story of nascetta gives a fascinating look at Piedmont wine. Indigenous to the Barolo winemaking area of Novello, the grape was thought to have died out after phylloxera hit as producers opted to replant more profitable grapes. In the 1990s, a Novello farmer came across a lone wild vine. After DNA analysis from Turin, the long-lost nascetta variety was again found.
A small group of producers decided to formally bring it back as a varietal wine. A long time Novello-based family winery, this nascetta comes from a south-west facing vineyard giving excellent exposure. Fermentation and aging are exclusively in stainless steel. Only 1,000 bottles produced annually – rare and exclusive wine. The wine itself is an aromatic white showing notes of citrus and fruit on the nose with a rich, savory finish – great minerality and good aging potential.
Ca’ del Baio Langhe Riesling 2018
The Grasso family’s Langhe Riesling is a passion project, born of love for this complex, aromatic white variety. For them it was never about replicating the great Alsatian or Mosel rieslings, but about seeing what they could cultivate it as a Piedmont wine in their Langhe hills.
Their vines grow on the coolest, breeziest slopes, producing an intense and aromatic dry wine with fruity notes of pineapple and mango; delicate, elegant, and well-balanced acid / alcohol. The vines were planted in 2009 with 2011 the family’s first bottling. Each year their product gets more beautiful and sells out faster and faster, so get a few while they last! The wine was specifically requested by Sarah of Ignobles for this program! You’ll thank her after you try it.
Crivelli Gringolino d’Asti 2018
One of Piedmont’s most ancient autochthonous varieties. A light red with violet and red fruit aromas. In the mouth it gives a perfect balance of tannin and acidity. Crivelli is a historical producer who interprets the grape in a masterful way with an expression of unique depth and structure – great with food. Super-versatile with tons of character.
Diego Morra Pelaverga 2019
A rare, top-quality black grape with production limited to only 18 hectares in the Barolo winemaking area of Verduno. Only about 14 producers make it, producing about 180,000 bottles of Verduno Pelaverga annually.
A light-colored wine with distinctive aromas of strawberry, rhubarb, and Verduno’s signature white pepper notes. A great summer red and I also love it for Thanksgiving dinner – the Pinot noir qualities make it a great pair to turkey!
Piero Busso Barbera d’Alba Majano 2017
I only really took serious notice of Piero Busso wines about a year ago, but if you follow me on Instagram (especially Stories), you know I am now a certifiable fan girl. All the wines are just next level.
A small family-owned Barbaresco winery in Neive, owned and operated by mom, dad, daughter, and son. When Sarah of Ignobles was back last year, I put a visit on her schedule as I was sure she’d love the wines. I was so beyond excited that she immediately requested Piero Busso wines in their program, starting with this Barbera d’Alba. A great example of a classic Barbera d’Alba from 15- to 30-year-old vines, aged in large oak casks. Full-bodied with fruity aromas reminiscent of cherry and cassis
E.Pira & Figli / Chiara Boschis Langhe Nebbiolo 2017
Oh, Chiara. Her wines are as magical as she is effervescent. Chiara was the lone ‘Barolo girl’ in the Barolo Boys movement that revolutionized area winemaking back in the early 1980s. In my humble opinion, Chiara’s Langhe Nebbiolo is one of the greatest examples of a “baby Barolo”.
A baby Barolo is used to describe Langhe Nebbiolo that oozes the structure, character, and depth we love in a Barolo, but is just light enough to be appreciated younger. The locals may call dolcetto and barbera the everyday wine, but Langhe Nebbiolo is my daily red.
Chiara only produces about 35000 bottles a year (that’s total production, including her Barolo) and consistently she sells out almost before the new vintage releases each year. That said, our allocation is extremely limited, so only two bottles per order – get ‘em while they last!
Ca’ del Baio Langhe Nebbiolo Bric del Baio 2018
One of my go-to wood-aged Langhe Nebbiolos. The grapes to make this wine come from a selection of the Grasso family’s top sites. Youngest daughter Federica shares hat the wine itself could easily be a Barbaresco. But her father, winemaker and family patriarch, Giulio Grasso loves it as a more serious younger drinking Langhe Nebbiolo.
Selected as a backup in case we run out of the Chiara Boschi’s Langhe Nebbiolo, given the limited quantity available. But, I say get at least one of each to experience both a baby Barbaresco and baby Barolo. You’ll only be sorry when you finish the last glass.
Alberto Viberti Langhe Nebbiolo 2018
A young, up and coming winemaker of 21 years old making this nebbiolo from 25-year-old vines – planted before he was born! The wine only sees steel, offering a great style contrast with the richer, wood-aged Langhe Nebbiolo.
Steel-aged nebbiolo wines tend to release earlier and drink fresher younger. A great summer red; for the best results, toss in the refrigerator for a little chill before opening.
Giacomo Fenocchio Langhe Freisa 2018
Langhe Freisa has become an obsession of mine in recent years. The grape is thought to be a parent of nebbiolo so it flourishes in the same terroir. That said, you don’t see as much Langhe Freisa anymore because people use the best would-be freisa plots for nebbiolo.
These days, you see a lot of sparkling freisa, but I just love Langhe Freisa secco as it is so traditional and tells such a beautiful story of the Langhe right in the glass. Intense bouquet, spicy with good body, and beautifully balanced tannins
Luigi Oddero Barbaresco DOCG Rombone 2016
A great Barbaresco from a top cru that is approachable young, but can age for decades. Delicate, intense, and gentle aromas with scents of wilted rose, sweet spices, and fruit. Dry, soft, and velvety on the palate. Shows great finesse, balance, and elegance.
Piedmont Wine Virtual Education: The Schedule
May 30th @ 13:00 / 1:00pm EST | 8:00 PM / 20:00 CET: BYOB Aperitivo <FREE!>
Join Ignoble Grapes in conversation with Valerie, Sara, and Stefano & Elisabetta from Enoteca La Vite Turchese. The Piedmont-based crew (myself, Stefano, Elisabetta, Sara, and Chef Denise) will be at the Enoteca in Barolo, chatting with y’all about the upcoming virtual wine and cooking events. Learn about the Langhe and Roero regions and hear about the amazing wines we’ve selected to share with you.
For this “BYOB” event, we invite you to open your favorite aperitivo wine.
June 20th @ 13:00 / 1:00pm EST | 8:00 PM / 20:00 CET: Native Grapes of Piedmont Masterclass
Nebbiolo and barbera are certainly among the most known… but how about the lesser-known ones? Join Sara Olocco, Piemontese native, for a masterclass on some of the unknown native grape varieties of Piemonte to get to know what’s out there beyond Barolo and Barbaresco. She introduces us to grapes such as erbaluce, nascetta, freisa, and pelaverga while talking history, traditions, and the stories behind the grapes and the artisanal producers.
To register for the Native Grapes orf Piedmont Masterclass, click here.
June 27th @ 1:00pm EST: Nebbiolo Exploration: The Langhe < suggested donation: $15; 100% of proceeds donated to ROAR NY>
After learning about the lesser-known grape varieties of Piemonte from Sara, we’ll pay tribute to the grape variety that the region is so known and loved for, nebbiolo. We’ll discuss the wide-variety of nebbiolo-based wines hailing from Piedmont, with a focus on the styles of Langhe. We encourage participants to open either the Chiara Boschis or Alberto Viberti Langhe Nebbiolo DOC, or the Luigi Oderro Barbaresco Rombone DOCG from our featured wine selections for this event!
To register for this event and to make your donation, click here.
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