Seminar Tasting – The Wine of Kings and the King of Wines: Barolo

When: Thursday, October 7
Time: 6:00 pm TO 7:30 pm
Where: MilwaukeeDelafield

Location: In stores.

RSVP: Required. Purchase ONLINE or call your favorite Store.


Barolo – said to be Italy’s greatest red wine, a wine of unyielding strength, enormous complexity, that will last a century or more.

Yet for all its supposed greatness, to many Barolo remains a mystery.  Is it too expensive for what is in the glass?  Why is it so dry with fearsome tannins?  When is the right time to drink a wine that is going to age for a 100 years?  And what do you drink it with?  Finally, how do we even know it’s a Barolo just be looking at the label?

With our first flight we begin as the Piedmontese would want us too – a brief exploration of the grapes that lead up to Barolo’s magnificence: Barbera, with it’s juicy upfront acidity and now wide ranging stylistic choices and Dolcetto, the “little sweet one” which can revel in its dark tannic depths.  We finish with a regional Nebbiolo, our introduction to the wine of Kings.

The second flight we consider Barolo’s two major soil types, Helvetian and Tortonian and their affect on the fruit character, tannic structure, and acidity of the wine.  These characteristics will be linked to the wines’ flavor profiles with discussion of agability and single vineyards, or “cru”.

The third flight is an exploration of the “Barolo Boy’s” (now mostly daughters) and the “modern” winemaking techniques they brought to Barolo.  These wines will be contrasted with “traditional” producers.

This tasting aims to be a fun loving, yet sensorally detailed and aggressive approach to studying the depths of this great wine.  We will explore the geography, the traditions, and the wine making styles that all make Barolo what it is today.

Wines to be tasted:

2015 Seghesio Barbera d’Alba $16.99

2015 Luigi Einaudi Dolcetto Dogliani $21.99

2015 Angelo Negro Langhe Nebbiolo “Angelin” $24.99

2013 Revello Barolo $39.99

2013 Vietti Castiglione Barolo $44.99

2008 Paolo Conterno Ginestra Reserva $119.99

2012 Altare Barolo La Morra $74.99

2012 Oddero Barolo Villero $89.99

2012 E. Pira Chiara Boschis Barolo Cannubi $119.99

This wine list is representative of tastings in the past. Please stay tuned for an updated list.

When signing up online, please note which location you will attend in the notes section of your order.


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