Antonio Vallana e Figlio, Alto Piemonte, Part I

It was April, 2014, and it was a rather warm (read: too warm) day inside Padiglione (pavilion) 10, home to the Piemontese wines at Vin Italy. Inside Pad 10, (see below for map of the whole place, the larger Pads/Buildings on the map are, HUGE (no, think bigger) – and not air conditioned, and crowded…

Getting wowed in Barbaresco

It’s not easy to get wowed these days. You see, I’ve been doing this wine thing professionally for nearly 20 years, and getting wowed happens less and less often it seems. Well today that changed – I visited Sottimano. Andrea Sottimano is slight of build, but his vision for what is possible is quite big,…