Szabo’s VINTAGES Preview – Oct 15th, 2016
Piedmont & Other Smart Buys – plus a Valpolicella Primer
by John Szabo, MS
The VINTAGES Preview for the October 15th release covers a trio of wines from Piedmont, a favorite region of master sommeliers, as well a handful of other savvy buys from around the world. This week’s report also features a separate article on where-to-drink while in Verona, a city I’ve had the unexpected pleasure of visiting a half-dozen times in the last year on various missions (You can jump to that article here). I’ve added a brief primer on ever-popular Valpolicella, Italy’s number one region for exports by value, and listed ten producers you’ll want to know. Next week Sara d’Amato features a report on California based on her recent travels there, also the other theme of the October 15th release, while the rest of the WineAlign cru weigh in with their top picks.
Counted among Italy’s and the world’s premier fine wine regions, Piedmont attracts the kind of wine drinkers who revel in deep, hauntingly-perfumed, complex and often challenging wines. Here, individual varieties are rendered in a myriad of nuanced expressions, most famously nebbiolo from the Langhe hills in the DOCGs of Barolo and Barbaresco.
Tellingly, at the recent Master Sommelier symposium in Washington DC where 100 MSs from across the Americas gathered for our annual general meeting, Piedmont, and Barolo, was the most represented Italian region by a wide margin at the much-loved bring-a-bottle tasting on opening night. It’s revealing to see what comes out of the cellar for such an occasion, and it seems we just can’t get enough nebbiolo (along with of course champagne, Burgundy and especially old German riesling). The VINTAGES October 15th release offers a decent assortment, especially the three highlighted in the buyer’s guide below.
Our Top Picks from the Oct 15th VINTAGES release:
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That’s all for this week. See you over the next bottle.
John Szabo MS
From VINTAGES October 15th, 2016
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