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12 avril 2024

Discover Piedmont Region (Italy)


Welcome to the enchanting world of Piedmontese wines! Located in the northwest of Italy, the Piedmont region is like a painting by an artist who adores wine as much as their brushes. Imagine gently rolling hills, vineyards stretching as far as the eye can see, and a climate that seems to have been specially designed to make grapes happy.

One of the local heroes is Barolo, affectionately known as "the king of wines and the wine of kings." Why? Well, in the 19th century, Barolo was so esteemed that Italian royalty served it at their most opulent banquets. But don't worry, you don't need a crown to enjoy its majestic flavor. This red wine is made with the Nebbiolo grape and is famous for its richness and complexity. It has an aroma that can remind you of roses and wild berries, and with time in the bottle, it develops intriguing notes of truffle and tobacco.


Another treasure from Piedmont is Barbaresco, also made with Nebbiolo. More accessible in its youth than Barolo, Barbaresco will seduce you with its elegance and smooth texture. It's a bit like the sophisticated younger brother who has studied abroad and comes home with fascinating stories.


But Piedmont is not just about serious reds. That's where Moscato d'Asti comes in, a sweet sparkling wine with a bubbly charm that makes you smile from the first sip. It's light in alcohol, fresh, and fruity, perfect for a summer day or to celebrate small achievements, like finally deciding which wine to open.


In addition to these emblematic wines, Piedmont also offers gems like Dolcetto and Barbera. Dolcetto is a fruity and easy-to-drink red wine, while Barbera will captivate you with its vibrant acidity and intense cherry flavors. Both are excellent companions for homemade meals, especially dishes like risotto al tartufo, a dish that features another Piedmontese treasure: truffles.


Speaking of truffles, did you know that Piedmont is famous for its white truffles? These jewels of nature are so valued that every year a fair dedicated to them is held in the city of Alba. Imagine tasting a simple pasta dish sprinkled with freshly grated truffles while enjoying a glass of Barolo... Ah, that is indeed living!