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 >

Dolcetto in Piedmont – Not a Sweet Wine
The endless rows of Docletto vines

Our intrepid Singapore Sommelier, Shalom Chin, treks through the hills of Dogliani in Piedmont and discovers some serious Dolcetto. Read More >

Sommelier Shalom Chin on Barbera in Piedmont – the People’s champion
View over the hills of Asti

While Nebbiolo makes up only 3 to 6 precent of the grapes grown in Piedmont, Barbera is the most widely grown grape in Piedmont and second to only to Sangiovese in Italy. This is why it is known as “the people’s wine”. However, like Nebbiolo, this is a grape that is used in many different versions. In Piedmont, there is Barbera d’Alba DOC, Barbera d’Asti DOCG, Barbera del Monferrato DOC and Barbera del Monferrato Superiore DOCG. Read More >

Moscato Mania & the little Rascal
Mount Viso in the background at Mustela just outside Barbaresco and inside Langhe

Moscato – A perception problem

In Piedmont, you cannot go to Asti and leave without tasting Moscato. Moscato di Canelli, known as Frontignac in Australia and as Muscat Blanc à Petit Grains in France, is one of the most widely well-received and loved grapes around the world. At parties, it is easily favoured by new wine drinkers because of its approachability and sweetness. It is bought up in cases by people with a sweet tooth due to its affordability. Wineries produce it because it generates good revenue. The bubbles that usually come with it add joviality to the occasion. However, to seasoned drinkers, it is viewed as a boring and unsophisticated wine, which is predominately sugared grape juice. Read More >

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The Definitive Italian Vineyard – Forteto della Luja – Piedmont
Forteto della Luja - www.fortetodellaluja.it

Forteto della Luja - www.fortetodellaluja.it

One of my most intriguing wine discoveries – period – is Forteto della Luja, a family run property which is nothing short of extraordinary; a vineyard that has been run organically since the early 19th Century, or 1826 to be precise, as they know nothing other than organic! Located in the tiny village and municipality of Loazzolo (population 300), the property is surrounded by forest of such incredible biodiversity and unique flora and fauna that it has been designated a World Wildlife Fund Reserve. Read More >

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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 >