Thank you all for your support of our children’s book The Gift of the Ladybug. After a fantastic book release, we turn our attention back to learning about wine in Italy.
As most of you know Troy and I spent 10 weeks on a working farm tour in Italy. Our focus was learning about foods indigenous to Northern Italy. We harvested olives in Tuscany, studied balsamic vinegar and Parmigiano-Reggiano factories, worked in gourmet B&Bs, made stinky cheese in the Alps, and visited some of the BEST wine cellars in Italy.
Our host Giuseppe—and his good friend Marco—were kind enough to arrange a behind-the-scenes tour of Borgogno. Built in 1761, Borgogno is one of the oldest wine cellars in Barolo County and is located in the Piedmont region. Its specialty is Barolo wine, made from Nebbiolo grapes and aged for at least five years (three in Slavonia oak barrels). Known for its decadence and impeccable oak flavor, Barolo is quintessential Italy.
As one of the faculty at the distinguished wine school in Alba, Scuola enologica di Alba, Marco has instructed many students, including Andrea Farinetti. The Farinetti family acquired Borgogno in 2009. This tour was very special because it consisted of our host Giuseppe, Marco and his students, and was led by Andrea Farinetti.
The evening began with a tour of the cellar. Over sized barrels and musty smells overwhelmed our senses as we marveled at ancient bottles of Barolo. Borgogno praises slowness, habit, thrift, and obstinacy as their methods stay true to the past. Care is taken with each bottle as all Barolo labels are pasted by hand.
Next, we taste.
2004 Barolo Reserva starts us off with a bright, oaky bite. As the wine ages, the color deepens and the finish smoothes. Each taste travels farther inside of me. Next, the 2000 and 1982 Reserve. We finish with the 1967 Barolo. It’s a privilege to experience this Barolo that is older than me. As Giuseppe says, “orgasmico.”
Borgogno is rich in history, tradition, respect, and acclaim. It represents what we treasure about Italy.
Thank you Andrea, Marco, Giuseppe, and Claudio for an extraordinary tour. We appreciate you sharing your love of wine with us.
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