Accademia del Barolo – Auction & Truffle Dinner – Dec 3 – Gattopardo at Hotel Fort Canning Singapore
Barolo Auction Singapore

This has to be the ‘Wine Dinner of the Year’, both in theme and value. If you know your Barolo, $258 per person for this line up of top-of-the-line producers is ludicrously cheap – indeed one bottle of any of these wines would be more than the cost of the whole package and there are some excellent vintages being served up, most now unavailable in current markets. And there is there opportunity to bid for some even rarer wines. Read More >

Sommelier Shalom Chin shares his Thoughts on Piedmont Nebbiolo
A view from Barolo on a clear day

In concluding my tour of Piedmont, it is only fitting to finish up with a grape with small plantings here but it is representative of the region every time one brings up the subject of Piedmont. Nebbiolo needs no introduction. To the locals, Nebbiolo in Piedmont is like what Pinot Noir is to the Burgundians. Read More >

The Diversity of Piedmont – Our intrepid Singapore sommelier Shalom Chin goes ‘Wandering’ in the hills of Piedmont
A foggy day in Nieve of Barbaresco  This is why they call the grape Nebbiolo because of the fog Nebbia

Although the North-east of Italy is known for its Barolo, Barbaresco, Moscato and Gavi, not many people would expect that Piedmont can produce such a wide array of wines made from international varietals. Read More >

Five Decades of Barolo and Barbaresco
Barolo 62 and Barbaresco 1967

One of our true Wandering Palates, Matthew Wilson, finds himself buried in Barolo and Barbaresco spanning 50 years with an intoxicating melange of history, the intriguing nuances of aged wines and great Italian food, Melbourne style. Read More >

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Red Harvest
Barolo Nebbiolo Grape

A progressive balance of contemporary and traditional techniques have transformed the otherwise unyielding Nebbiolo grape.

For the uninitiated, the formidable Barolo is a full-bodied Italian red wine produced in the Piedmonte region of northwest Italy from the idiosyncratic and indigenous Nebbiolo grape.

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Metamorphosis Of Piedmont
Gaja Barbaresco, Italy

The Rapidly-Evolving Expression Nebbiolo

Curtis marsh reports on modern-day Barolo and Barbaresco where a progressive balance of contemporary and traditional techniques have transformed an otherwise unyielding style of red.

Like many of the Old World wine regions, there was an inherited resistance to change in Piedmont, with the old guard Barolo and Barbaresco winemakers obstinately adhering to time-honoured traditions and techniques. Indeed, Barolo was seemingly cemented in time with little variance from the winemaking methods introduced in the early 1800s by French oenologist Louis Oudert.

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Wine, Tar & Roses
Italy Carabinieri sampling Barolo Wines

Curtis Marsh confesses he cannot get enough Nebbiolo, indeed more than just a passing phase, it is becoming an obsession.

It is not often that I have a preoccupation for a single variety; after all, I do purport to have a ‘wandering palate’. I was for a period last year, fixated with Sangiovese or Chianti Classico to be more precise, having been to Tuscany twice in three months and totally besotted in the idyllic countryside and indigenous produce. Although I remain an advocate, this infatuation has diminished somewhat with the passage of time.

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