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.
This discounted collection celebrates Corsica’s pioneering vignerons and features bottles that display the Île de Beauté’s identity in all its splendid glory: tenacious and soulful, forged by Mediterranean sunshine, sea salt, and wild maquis herbs.
In 1976, when I was busy being born as a wine importer, Richard Olney guided me through the French vineyards. He introduced me to Domaine Tempier, Clape, Chave, and other incomparable sources. In the Beaujolais we visited Château Thivin and Georges Duboeuf. I chose to pursue Thivin
Tasting the two side-by-side today, the 2019 Mégaphone is a step up in structure and complexity from the comparatively ethereal 2019 Pigeoulet—also gorgeous and highly recommended. If the latter is a hedonistic country quaffer, the former is a full and intense sensory immersion in Provence
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.
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