So I buy my first Borolo yesterday. It was ok, but I'm thinking I didn't get one of the better brands (Ciabot Berton - 1995)
Could anyone recommend some good versions of this brand, both mid-priced and extravagant? I paid thirty bucks for mine, but the wine store (usually reliable) said it tasted like it was worth more).
What foods go well with this. I'm on a diet, but one glass of wine a night is worked into the schedule. I'd like to enjoy something worthy of the calories.
I am a totally ignorant wine barbarian and it is rare that I buy anything more than $20 a bottle. In fact, this was the first bottle I've ever bought that I needed to decant.
Pretty hopeless as I asked the wine store, well, just how long do I need it to sit around? A good suggestion, IMO, was to take tiny sips over time to see how the wine changes.
I guess an involuntary snort of laughter when asked if I had a wine cellar didn't make me look to cool either. I did buy my first Reidel glass to go with the wine and maximize the experience. Man, those glasses are thin. It is like drinking out of a bubble.
Anyway, any suggestions would be appreciated as I plan to diet fabulously, all wine has the same calories, so I might upscale a bit.
Stefano Farina (located in Diano d'Alba) is probably one of the best "value" producers of wines from the Piemonte region of Italy. You should be able to buy either their Barolo or Barbaresco wines (which are both made from the Nebbiolo grape) in the $25-30 range, possibly a little less. They also make very worthwhile Barbera and Dolcetto (that are lighter wines from other grapes), which usually sell for $10-$14 or so.
Keep your eyes out for Nebbiolo d'Alba wine as well. This is wine made from the same Nebbiolo grape as Barolo and Barbaresco. However, the grapes in these wines are not specifically grown in either the Barolo or Barbaresco region. They are grown in nearby areas. Nebbiolo d'Alba wines usually sell in the $15-$25 range.
Also try either Gattinara or Spana, two more wines made from the Nebbiolo grape that are also grown in the same general region of Italy.
Borolos can get to be very, very expensive. However, some producers that are very good that can be purchased for under $80 are:
Less expensive ($20-40) but also very good are:
Beni di Batasiolo
Terre da Vino
Borolos from 1996-2000 were all good years, with 2000 being exceptional.