Everyone arrived safely at our rendez-vous in Malpensa for the 2 hour bus ride to Alba, our home for 6 days of wining and dining. Just outside Alba we stopped for a visit at a torrone producer to find out
how this confectionary is made-and for some samples of course. After our welcome dinner which included two truffle dishes, we settled in for the evening. (To add truffles to a dish this year costs 20 euros extra)
Our menu: veal with tuna sauce; flan of cardoons with fondue of Raschera cheese and black truffles; tajarin with butter and white truffles; risotto with yellow pumpkin and sausage from Bra; chicken Piedmont style; Cappucino-Nutella
Our first full day started in Serralunga d’Alba at the largest producer, Fontanafredda. The Monte di Paschi di Siena bank sold this beautiful winery, the former hunting lodge of the King of Italy, to the owners of Eataly. After a thorough tour of the production and aging areas, we had the tasting in their state of the art facility.
And what great wines: first the Barolo Serralunga d’Alba 2010 made only from grapes from the Serralunga community with hints of clove, cinnamon, red fruits and gentle tannins; Barolo La Rosa 2006, much darker in color and flavor; and finally Barolo Lazzarito 2004, winner of the coveted 3 bicchieri award, a superb wine from all aspects but at a cost of 59 euros, at the winery.
We then went the short distance up the hill to the center of Serralunga d’Alba for a tasting and lunch at the small (35,000 bottles) winery of Schiavenza. Walter, the winemaker, conducted our
tasting- he apologized that we couldn’t visit the cellars but during the harvest the small winery is jammed. We were treated to their Serralunga d’Alba 2010; Barolo Prapò 2010 from a limestone soil; and their outstanding Broglio Riserva 2008 with 5 years of aging in big barrels. Schiavenza is a traditionalist Barolo producer and this Broglio was just award 3 Bicchieri for the 2015 edition.
Our menu: carne cruda e vitello tonnato; peperoni con bagna cauda; ravioli del plin burro e salvia; brasato al Barolo; dolce accompanied by Dolcetto d’Alba 2013, Barbera d’Alba 2013 and the Barolo Broglio 2009.
Our day in Barolo ended with a visit to the Castello di Grinzane Cavour, the museum and former home of the first president of unified Italy. The Castello is also a regional enoteca so we ended our visit with a tasting of 3 wines: the white Arneis, Dolcetto and Barbera.
Today Barolo, tomorrow Barbaresco.
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