Winefriend by David Way

Writing about the wines of Piemonte, Italy and France

Italian wine

Presentation on the Langhe

Diary 62: Nebbiolo Prima Academy 2024

Tasting and learning Nebbiolo Prima is the by-invitation-only tasting of the latest releases of Nebbiolo wines held in Alba each January. The current releases were Barolo 2020, Barolo Riserva 2018, Barbaresco 2021, Barbaresco Riserva 2019, Roero 2021 and Roero Riserva 2020. The wines are served blind. Those who are invited are principally those who score

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Farm Cieck

Diary 61: Caluso revisited

This year I had the honour of making a presentation on themes from my book, The Wines of Piemonte, at the annual producers’s meeting. This is hosted by Vignaioli Piemontesi/Piemonte Land of Wine in Turin. It was conveniently timed leaving just a long weekend between it and the trade show which features the new releases

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Sordo cellar

Diary 58: Sordo Barolo vertical

It was a pleasure to start my week of visits and vintage tastings with Paola Sordo of the historic Sordo winery. The bonus was tasting with its current winemaking consultant, Gian Luca Colombo. He was a partially objective participant as most of the wines we tasted were made before he began to work with the

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Gaja Barbaresco vertical

Diary 55: Gaja Barbaresco vertical

The wines of Gaja in Barbaresco have been characterized by five generations of excellence and innovation, with the classic Barbaresco as its largest offering. Following a vertical tasting with Giovanni Gaja, the 2021 vintage was noted for its aromatic intensity and berried fruit, while the 2020 may eventually outshine due to moderate later-season temperatures. Comparison of older vintages revealed consistent quality, with standout years like 2016, 2010, and 2004 demonstrating the label’s long-term maturation potential.

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Barolo Riserva, Borgogno

Diary 53: vintage reflections

Following the publication of The Wines of Piemonte, the International Wine and Food Society has asked me to contribute to its vintage and drinkability chart for Piemonte. These are my vintage reflections on beginning this task. I am following in the illustrious footsteps of Nick Belfrage MW, pioneer writer on Italian wine, and Michael Garner,

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