Regional Spotlight: Piemonte
Piemonte is the reason that Avoli Osteria exists. Dario & Amy took a trip during the summer of 2012 to Piemonte and four months later, Avoli was being brought to fruition. Being landlocked, Piemonte relies on the flavors from the earth. Known in the culinary realm for truffles, hazelnuts, risotto, rich egg pasta and for some of the best beef in the world.
Speaking solely of wine, nebbiolo is king. One thin-skinned, fiercely tannic, difficult-to-grow varietal is responsible for about a third of all of the DOC and DOCG wines from Piemonte. It’s one of the world’s most site-specific varietals & rarely can reach the acclaim that it has found in Piemonte. Barolo and Barbaresco are the most famous, but there are many others to explore. Represented on our list: Barolo, Barbaresco, Gattinara, Boca, Langhe Nebbiolo & Colline Novaresi.
Waiting for these great wines to be ready is tough & the Piedmontese need something to drink in the mean time. Barbera & Dolcetto are two varieties that are ready & able to fill that void. Both are very approachable, food friendly reds that are usually best drunk young (often before the same vintage of Barolo is even released).
While the red wines of Piemonte often take center stage, the white wines are certainly more than just bit players. Moscato hails from the same area as Barolo, but I don’t know if there are two more different grapes. Fresh & chuggable, it’s everything that Barolo is not. Arneis has an intriguing story & is seeing a resurrection from a near extinction. Cortese, or Gavi in its most known form, is a variety that is fighting its way back from being flabby, over produced, industrial swill back to the fresh, simple & pleasurable wine it is meant to be.
Piemonte is a diverse & illustrious wine region. It’s not in the top five Italian regions for quantity, the highest percentage of classified wines are Piedmontese. Once you begin tasting & learning about the styles & traditions of these wines, it’s hard to want to drink anything else. Very few other wine regions in the world expose the drinker to such complexity & such a simply beautiful snapshot of the region itself.
Piedmontese wines offered at Avoli:
Bianco – Saracco Moscato d’Asti, Damilano Arneis, De Forville Arneis, Vietti Roero Arneis, Castellari Bergaglio ‘Salluvii’ Gavi, Ellena Guisseppe Langhe Nascetta, Orlando Abrigo Sauvignon d’Amble & Rovellotti ‘Innominabile’ Colline Novaresi Bianco
Rosso – Monsecco Uva Rara, Sori Paitin Barbera d’Alba, Franco Serra Barbera d’Alba, Cascina Adelaide Barbera d’Alba Superiore, Scarpetta Barbera del Monferrato, Cappellano ‘Ab Normal’ Vino Rosso, Vallana Colline N0varesi Spanna, NOAH Coste della Sesia Croatina, Raineri Dogliani Dolcetto, Monsecco Gattinara, Ioppa Colline Novaresi Vespolina, Brovia ‘La Villerina Secca’ Freisa,Castella Conti Boca, Giovanni Rosso Langhe Nebbiolo, Cantina del Nebbiolo Barbaresco, Ellena Guiseppe Barolo & Virna ‘Borgognot’ Barolo