For many wine lovers, Piedmont—or Piemonte, in Italian—means one thing: Barolo. And indeed, Barolo fully deserves its moniker as “the King of Wines”: this regal red has few equals when it comes to transparently expressing place with power, delicacy, poise, and long-term aging potential. Within the Barolo appellation, it is fully worth exploring each commune, and on an even deeper level, each individual vineyard—the nuances are endless, and the wines are capable of inspiring the deepest of emotions. But Barolo represents only a small slice of Piemonte’s tremendous diversity of wines. Nebbiolo, the grape responsible for Barolo, thrives in distinctive terroirs all across the region, each with its unique virtues. Also found in the dramatic undulating hills known as the Langhe, Barbaresco—the Queen to Barolo’s King—enjoys almost as much prestige for similarly finessed reds, which tend to be softer and more accessible (in character and in price), and therefore ideal for medium-term cellaring. Traveling north, toward the Alps, the cool-climate Nebbioli of Alto Piemonte’s numerous small appellations all deserve a close look. While Piemonte’s most prestigious wines get all the attention, the heart and soul of the region revolves around its delicious everyday reds. Gulping down a pitcher of Barbera or Dolcetto is the way to truly drink like the locals. These unpretentious, straightforward crowd-pleasers offer fantastic value and marry brilliantly with Piemonte’s rich gastronomic bounty: vitello tonnato, bagna cauda, carne cruda, agnolotti del Plin, and tajarin noodles topped with slow-cooked ragù or the ultimate local delicacy, white truffles. Countless other grapes—Freisa, Brachetto, Croatina, and Vespolina, just to name a few—complete the vast spectrum of Piemontese reds. Less celebrated, but equally important are its whites, which represent roughly one third of total production. A cool glass of peachy Arneis, for example, is crucial before diving into the world of heavy-hitting reds, and no Piemontese meal is complete without finishing with a flowery Moscato d’Asti alongside panna cotta. Explore all these wines, and more, with our Guide to Piemonte—the next best thing to a cool, foggy day in the Langhe, the snow-capped Alps poking their heads out of the gloom, a pungent suggestion of truffles in the air hinting at decadent simplicity.
All roads lead to Burgundy, goes the wine world’s famous saying, but at Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, all roads lead to Provence might be a more accurate slogan. There is perhaps no region more closely aligned with the history of KLWM than Provence. It is where Richard Olney, the late American ex-pat and esteemed author, lived and introduced Kermit to the region’s great wines, notably Domaine Tempier. The love affair has been strong ever since.
When traveling the wine route in France and Italy, I come across fine olive oil almost as often as I come across fine wine. Of course, these are the two staples of the diet in this part of the world...
Here at Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant we don’t believe in selling anything mediocre, and we would certainly not put our name on a wine we didn’t believe in. So our values are just that, wines that are full of value and quality.
Muscadet's potential for true greatness—structure, complex flavors, and ageability—is all-too-often overlooked. Tasting the wines of Domaine Brégeon, however, should convince anyone of Muscadet’s greatness.
Tasting through these characterful cuvées, you will realize why vibrant, terroir-driven wines from small family domaines are just as essential—if not more—to Bordeaux’s identity as those imposing, picture-book châteaux.
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