Wednesday, September 13, 2017

2018 Slow Wine "Snail" producers . . .



Every year, the Slow Wine Guide awards the symbol of the snail to wineries that are aligned with Slow Food values and that manage their vineyards without any herbicides or pesticides while also maintaining exceptional quality at affordable prices.  Here are the awardees for 2018 in the new guide from my portfolio of wines.  Congratulations to all of them for their hard work and dedication and for making great wine.

Abruzzo

Friuli Venezia Giulia e Slovenia

Piemonte

Trentino

Veneto

 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Fighting fire on Mt. Etna with Filippo from Ayunta . . . all was well in the end . . .

There is an abandoned railroad right behind one of his vineyards.

Spooky nighttime firefighting.

An extreme form of weed control!

Lots of old abandoned houses in these little towns on Etna.

But the vineyards are fine!

Some old olives trees didn't make it.

Over 100 years old this vine.

Grapes are fine.  White and red interplanted in this old vineyard.

Looking good!

Filippo in the vineyard.  Should I tell him trucker hats are so early 2000's?



Friday, August 11, 2017

Hail in Trentino! Pojer e Sandri pictures . . . .

A freak hailstorm hit Pojer e Sandri vineyards a few days ago and here are some of the pictures.

Sadly, for many winegrowers, they lost their whole crop.  Luckily for Pojer e Sandri the damage wasn't that bad.

But can you imagine having these beasts fall on your vineyard?  To be a farmer, in any field, is to trust that mother nature will take your side.  But that also means that someone else might not be as lucky.

Thanks for the pictures, Federico Sandri, and we wish you guys all the best in the coming harvest.





Thursday, April 20, 2017

Etna with Filippo of Ayunta . . .

Etna from the direction of Catania


One of the vineyards of Ayunta



Old, old vine

Rough place to grow grapes

You can see a turritto (spelling?) in the background of all the rocks that were taken out of this vineyard and stacked nearby



Better have your sturdy walking shoes . . . 



Ciao Filippo!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Dinner with Francesca Vaira of G.D. Vajra at Officine Brera - Thursday, September 15th




Come meet Francesca Vaira of G.D. Vajra and Luigi Baudana from Piemonte, Italy and eat some great food from renowned chef Angelo Auriana at Officine Brera in DTLA. 

MENU

PASSED APPETIZER
merluzzo smoked salted water codfish, white endive, young onion, parsley oil
lardo cured crispy polenta, pork back fat, chestnut honey, pink peppercorn 
farinata chickpea flower, garda olive oil, cracked pepper
G.D. Vajra NV Metodo Classico Rose`, “N.S. Della Neve” 

FIRST COURSE
pisarei e fasö house-made bread dumplings, borlotti beans, cured pork, reggiano
G.D. Vajra 2014 Langhe DOC, Riesling “Petracine” 
G.D. Vajra 2013 Dolcetto d'Alba DOC “Coste e Fossati” 

ENTRÉE
guanciola wood oven braised beef cheek, polenta taragna, foraged mushrooms
G.D. Vajra 2011 Barbera Superiore 
G.D. Vajra 2011 Barolo, Cru Bricco delle Viole DOCG


DESSERT 
assorted dessert platter
G.D. Vajra 2015 Moscato d'Asti DOCG 

$150 tax and tip included

1331 E 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90021
officinebrera.com
(213) 553-8006

Thursday, September 15th
7 pm to 10 pm
Call for reservations!


2018 Slow Wine "Snail" producers . . .

Every year, the Slow Wine Guide awards the symbol of the snail to wineries that are aligned with Slow Food values and that manage their...