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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Babes of Barolo and Barbaresco

An in-depth exploration of the wines of Piedmont being under the watchful gaze of some of Italy's hottest producers. Demand for Barolo and Barbaresco is at al all time high across the globe and with a run of great vintages it is easy to see why.

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When the program for the Food and Wine Festival came out, this was the one session that immediately got our attention. The opportunity to sample such great Italian wines wasn't something we were going to miss.

On the panel we have Gaia Gaja from Gaja Winery, Giuseppe Vaira from G.D. Vajra and Chiara Boschis from E. Pira e Figli.

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Bracket One - Dolcetto and Barbara
G.D. Vajra Dolcetto d'Alba 2008
E. Pira e Figli Dolcetto d'Alba 2007
Poderi Colla Dolcetto d'Alba "Pian Balbo" 2008
G.D. Vajra Barbera d'Alba Superiore 2006
E. Pira e Figli Barbera d'Alba "Superiore" 2007
Vietti Barbera d'Asti "Tre Vigne" 2007


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Bracket Two - Giuseppe Vaira, G.D. Vajra
G.D. Vajra Barolo "Bricco delle Viole" 2005
G.D. Vajra Barolo "Bricco delle Viole" 2004
G.D. Vajra Barolo "Bricco delle Viole" 1999


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Bracket Three - Chiara Boschis, E Pira e Figli
E. Pira e Figli Barolo Via Nuova 2005
E. Pira e Figli Barolo Via Nuova 2006
E. Pira e Figli Barolo Cannubi 2006
E. Pira e Figli Barolo Cannubi 2005


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Bracket Four - Gaia Gaja, Gaja
Gaja Barbaresco 1998
Gaja Barbaresco 2006
Gaja Sori Tildin 2006
Gaja Spress 1999
Gaja Darmagi 1998

It was interesting to attend this session after the Burgundy - there was a very noticeable change in audience composition. Firstly, a lot more women and overall a much lower average age. Wine wise for us, this was immeasurably better than the Burgundy.

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