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White Alba Truffle season is here!

We don’t know what else can be said about this magical time of year, but here goes.

Fresh black truffles seem to be popping up from all corners of the globe, but the crown jewel only comes from one place a few months out of the year. Love them or hate them, you can’t deny the magic and mystique behind these special fungi.

The white truffle is found mainly in the Langhe and Montferrat areas of Piemonte in Italy, most famously in the countryside of Alba and Asti. Dogs are trained from pups to sniff them out in secret areas the woods. If you think morel mushroom hunting is secretive, it’s nothing compared to truffles. If you are lucky enough, you can be blind-folded and taken to these secret woods to aid in the hunt. Pigs were once used to sniff them out, but they find them so delicious it’s difficult to get them to leave any for you.

It’s no coincidence that the best wines to pair with these amazing white truffles also come from this small area of the world. In this area, Barolo is king – no kidding it’s commonly referred to as ‘the king of wines’. The experience of tasting white Alba truffles with a hand-crafted Barolo is transcendent. It’s the type of pairing that inspires you to find the next great pairing of food and wine.

At Avoli, we will be celebrating the truffle with our third annual Truffle & Barolo dinner. Listed below are the wines that will be paired with the courses.

Paolo Scavino ‘Carobric’ 2013 – A blend of three Barolo Crus, to explore and meld these unique terroir. Paolo Scavino wines are always such a strong expression of the vineyard, this wine gives you the chance to taste the best of Barolo.

Cappellano ‘Pie Rupestris’ 2012 – Cappellano does not release any of their wines for review, they want the wine to speak for itself. The current release for this Barolo is a year older than other current releases, it is always aged for an additional year. Cappellano represents the best of traditional Barolo wine-making, everything is done for a reason. The result is stunning. If you are able to find Cappellano Barolo, get it – you will not be disappointed.

Cavallotto ‘Bricco Boschis Vigna San Giuseppe’ Riserva 2009 – The best Nebbiolo becomes Cru Barolo, the best of the Cru becomes the Riserva. Cavallotto has been producing knock-out Barolos since 1948. This wine may be eight years old, but it is just beginning to be ready.

Azelia ‘Bricco Fiasco’ 2001 – Azelia is a winery that managed to get ahead of the new style of Barolo. They made the smart updates and kept the best of the old school. When you taste their Barolo in its youth, it can startle some traditional palates but mellowed with age it is sublime. To be able to create a wine that isn’t truly ready for over a decade takes a true craftsman.