BORGO MARAGLIANO


High in the hills between Alba and Asti, the Galliano family grows one of the most interesting grapes found in the Piemonte, the Moscato. One of the region’s great gifts is Moscato d’Asti, a bubbly, slightly sweet, low-alcohol drink that is great with desert, after a big meal, or just by itself as the perfect antidote to a hot afternoon. Borgo Maragliano’s Moscato d’Asti, La Caliera, is one of the best you will find.

Their Loazzolo D.O.C. Late Harvest is rapidly becoming known as one of the finest examples of after dinner wines found anywhere, receiving 2 Bicchieri from Gambero Rosso for each of the past several vintages. It’s flavors enhanced by the concentrating effects of the “noble rot” of Botrytis cinerea, it has been described as a textbook example of what a moscato should be.

Az. Agr. F.lli CIGLIUTI


Renato Cigliuti and his family (wife Dina and daughters Claudia and Silvia) produce some of the most sought-after wines in the Piemonte. The family’s vineyards are among the best situated in the Neive area. This, coupled with Sig. Cigliuti’s personal control over every aspect of production results in wines of outstanding quality year after year. However, it also means that production remains limited to a few thousand bottles a year. Cigliuti’s Barbaresco is widely hailed as one of the best every year, but their modern style Barbera and Dolcetto d’Alba are also sought after for their outstanding qualities. Recently Cigliuti has introduced Rosso Langhe Briccoserra, a classic blend of 50% Barbera and 50% Nebbiolo, aged in French oak. The Nebbiolo tannins are softened by the sweetness of the Barbera, resulting in a wine that is both complex and accessible by those who normally might not appreciate Nebbiolo

MALVIRÀ


Brothers Roberto and Massimo Damonte have been responsible for the Malvirà winery for over 20 years and during that time their wines have consistently garnered top scores from prestigious Italian wine journals. The winery is based in the village of Canova in the heart of the Roero, close by the city of Alba, and the zones of Barolo and Barbaresco.

Their single cru Arneis, Trinita, (from the vineyard shown above, overlooking a church) is well-suited to the Florida climate, crisp and clean, with fresh scents of peaches, lemons, flowers and hay, and a fading straw yellow color. The taste is pleasantly fresh and dry with a hint of oak and vanilla. It goes well with many dishes, and is often served with simple pastas and vegetables.

Their Barbera D’Alba S. Michele has a burgundy color with touches of violet, an intense bouquet which recalls blackberry and black current jam with a hint of aniseed and menthol all giving a smooth taste. It has a somewhat sweet ending, because of the absence of the tannins so typical of its older brother, Nebbiolo. As is true with many Barbera’s, it goes well with a wide variety of dishes.

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