My Name Is *Still* Nizza (Drinking Monferrato’s Older Top Reds With MyNameIsBarbera.com)

Hey, remember when I waxed all dime-store-poetic about the longevity and power of Barbera reds from the relatively-new, tippy-top-of-the-Asti-area-quality-pyramid region of Nizza?

Well, I do.

Anyway, if you’re curious how the highest-end Piedmonte Barbera wines fare when they have upwards of a decade of aging under their labels, check out the latest video in my Barbera in the Glass series for MyNameIsBarbera.com.

This episode features the second portion of my tasting with Tenuta Olim Bauda head honcho Gianni Bertolino, in which we delve in-depth into a couple of older vintages of their Nizza wines, and I kind of have my mind blown and gesticulate wildly with my hands while I make funny faces trying to express how good those wines really are. It’s a quick watch, and definitely worth a viewing if you’re one of the true lovers of Monferrato wine (and if you’re not… what the actual f–k is wrong with you?!??).

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My Name Is… Nizza… (Drinking Monferrato’s Top Reds With MyNameIsBarbera.com)

You might have read about the venerable Tenuta Olim Bauda (and its head honcho, Gianni Bertolino) here before, as I’ve previously covered my gig promoting Italy’s incredible Monferrato region over at at MyNameIsBarbera.com. Back in December, the MNiB team had produced video of me getting the low-down from Bertolino on Nizza, the relatively new tippy-top of the Barbera DOCG quality pyramid.

Well, we’ve got some more vid from that session, this time covering the first part of my Nizza tasting with Bertolino, during which I get introduced to more recent vintages of the (quite excellent) stuff. You can jealously watch me gulping down some tasty Nizza reds int he embedded video below. Next up in the series will probably be the second half of that tasting, in which I get to drink older Nizza vintages to see if they live up to their age-ability hype.

Tough job, right?

Barbera in the Glass: Nizza Tasting #1

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Red Dawn, In The Glass (Tasting Albarossa In Monferrato)

For the most recent installment of the Monferrato in the Glass series over at MyNameIsBarbera.com, we provide another deeper dive into the vinous wares of the region, once again with Bava‘s Paolo Bava.

Paolo introduces me to Piedmonte’s version of Red Dawn: Albarossa. Albarossa has a unique history, even by historical-embarrassment-of-riches Italian standards. It’s actually relatively new, and something that really only could have been conceived within the hilly borders of Piedmonte (you can read up a bit more on Albarossa’s storied past here).

After viewing the vid below, you’ll have a much better idea of why drinking this wine will make you want to pronounce Albarossa with a slow, voluptuous, sing-songy Italian accent.

AAAAHL-baaahhh-ROOOOWWWW-ssssaaaahhhhhhh…..

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Hungry Canines, Thirsty Dudes (Tasting Nizza Barbera For MyNameIsBarbera.com)

Is there anything more adorable than a Weimaraner happily chomping on Barbera grapes in a Monferrato vineyard? Besides maybe a Weimaraner puppy eating grapes in that vineyard?

That’s the question that we pose (sort of) in the latest Monferrato Moves installment over at MyNameIsBarbera.com. In that video (also embedded below), I have the pleasure of sitting down with Tenuta Olim Bauda‘s Gianni Bertolino, who, aside from owning dogs and making incredibly serious, long-lived, and tasty Barbera, also happens to be President of the Associazione dei Produttori del Nizza. So, he knows a couple (of hundred) things about the tippy-top of the Barbera DOCG quality pyramid.

In this vid, Bertolino and I taste through a couple of more recent Nizza DOCG releases, and I don’t spit, which should tell you something about how good his wines are. Enjoy!

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Wild And Crazy… About Quality (Talking Girgnolino And Barbera Co-Ops MyNameIsBarbera.com)

Let’s bid adieu to November, in our hazy, Post-THanksgiving-Holiday trytophanic bliss, by catching up on the happenings over at My Name Is Barbera (for whom I’ve been doing both written and video work helping to promote Barbera – and other – wines from the Monferrato area).

First, there’s a lips-eye-view (yeah, I agree, that phrase was a bad idea) of Monferrato’s vinous equivalent of a Wild and Crazy Guy, Grignolino. I’ve written about this wily, overachieving red grape before, but here’s a chance to get up close and personal with it through a video tasting of Grignolino wine with Paolo Bava, whose passion for these wines will quickly be evident once you start watching.

Next, we get back to our normal programming, which means focusing on Barbera. In an interesting twist, in the next vid we move away from the relatively small production outfits that have been the focus of much of our previous journey through Monferrato’s Barbera producers, and talk with Lorenzo Giordano of Vinchio Vaglio (who just celebrated their 30th anniversary, with an event at which I was supposed to speak, but couldn’t attend because I got wicked sick… and yeah, I’m still a little raw about it, thankyouverymuch…). As you’ll see in the vid below, Girodano oversees a sizeable cooperative operation, and so has a unique, 20,000-foot view of Barbera throughout the region, and through all of its various quality levels.

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Moonwalking With The Original King Of Pop Wines (Exploring Barbera d’Asti For MyNameIsBarbera.com)

The latest episode in the Barbera: In The Glass series is now live at MyNameIsBarbera.com, and in it I continue my conversation with Vinchio and Vaglio‘s Tessa Donadieu. This time, we focus on the next “level” of the Barbera quality pyramid in Monferrato (which, as I have written before, I don’t think is a “pyramid” per se, but whatever): Barbera d’Asti.

This will, of course, be the level of Barbera with which the majority of those reading these words and viewing this vid will be most familiar. And with good reason; it’s basically the Michael Jackson of Italian red wine (hell, maybe of fine red wine, period).

For the record, I don’t actually moonwalk in this vid. But rest assured that I’m diligently working on it…

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Talking Fun Wine Facts For MyFitnessRx.net

Another quick-hit this week to let you know that I was recently a guest on MyFitnessRx.net‘s Running episode, talking about some recent fun/interesting health-related facts/studies pertaining to our favorite adult libation.

You can check out the specific segment in the embed below. Here’s how you can check out the My Fitness Rx show on  a regular basis:

Wine Facts, Running – e9

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Talking Red Wine And Health For MyFitnessRx.net

Last week, MyFitnessRx.net aired a segment featuring yours truly, waxing all dime-store-philosophical like about the healthy heart benefits of red wine consumption (in moderation, you lushes!). Green screens and open bottles of wine FTW!

My brief segment with show host Tanya Stroh is below; you can check out the full episode as well. If you find yourself among the healthily-inclined, here are some details on how you can binge on past and future episodes of the show:

 

Red Wine, A Healthy Heart

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My Names is *Still* Barbera (Monferrato Moves 2: Terroir Monferrato)

For those of you not (yet!) following along with my Northern Italian gig at My Name is Barbera, the second installment in the video series there is now available.

In this episode, I talk about the dreaded “T” word –  terroir – with respect to the unique landscape of the region, to the backdrop of what you will see is one of the more beautiful wine-growing locations on planet Earth (see inset pic above for a sense of scope/scale/beauty/landscape-diversity).

I also squint. A lot. I’m blaming the sunshine. And the majesty of the surroundings. And maybe a lack of coffee at the time of filming. But I’m not blaming excessive Barbera consumption…

Anyway, you can check out the vid below, and head over to the My Name is Barbera website proper for my more long-form takes on the region, as well as articles written by European wine scribe Anton Moiseenko.

Monferrato Moves 2: Terroir Monferrato

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Wine Me, Beer Dude. Or Is That The Other Way Around? (Wine for Beer Lovers on Good Day Philadelphia)

image: Fox 29

Last week, I had the good fortune to head back to the Fox 29 studios in downtown Philly and appear on Good Day Philadelphia. This time, the topic was Wine for Beer Lovers; which is the kind of pinch-me-is-this-really-what-I-do-for-a-living? moment that gets a self-professed beer- and wine-loving geek like myself up in the (early) AM with a smile plastered onto my face.

Unlike my previous appearance, there were no hiccups with getting the representative wines through the eight-billion (a rough estimate) levels of Pennsylvania legal red tape. The representative beers were my choice, and I live close enough to the esteemed Victory Brewing Co. to have made that choice a no-brainer (and avoid the PA legal red tape stickiness entirely). Like my previous appearance, the Fox29 staff were fantastically, delightfully amicable.

Anyway, here are the wines from the lineup (provided by Deutsch Family):

And the beers:

As for how the whole thing meshed together, take a gander at the video recap:

Wine for Beer Lovers – Good Day Philadelphia

Oh… and yes, Lorelai got to tag along again as well. Her highlight? Meeting cheesesteak legend Geno in the green room (and getting a genuine Philly steak as a to-go gift), who was appearing to promote the company’s 50th year of putting nearly all other global attempts at cheesesteak making to shame:

Wine Me, Beer Dude. Or Is That The Other Way Around? (Wine for Beer Lovers on Good Day Philadelphia)

Lorelai, Geno, and the fine art of the selfie

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