nebbiolo

The Godfather of Wine

 
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What you need to know!

Nebbiolo is a varietal that commands respect, often putting its fellow Italians in the shadows as it takes up some of the most valuable real estate in the Italian wine world. Some say it is Italy's greatest grape, and who can fault them, with so many villages and sub regions producing some of the greatest wine in the world using just this varietal.

Such legends include Barolo, Barbaresco, and Langhe, but you can also find some spectacular (and cheaper) wines made from the same grape in Gheme and Gattinara. What makes Nebbiolo so special? The brutish tannins, and stringent acidity means only care and patience will bring you just rewards. What you are rewarded with is not unlike the Godfather movies, both simple and complex, heart warming, and racing. Nebbiolo is an intellectual's wine, that brings the very best from supposed conflicts and finds harmony within them. 

Food pairings

Nebbiolo's acidity and tight tannins make it a perfect pairing for fatty meats like beef and pork. Rich ragu sauces, or even a smoky brisket will pair well with the flavors of clay, leather, and bright cherries.

Scouting tips

Langhe, Gheme, and Gattinara make fantastic wines for not much sacrifice, but truly great Nebbiolo comes from Barbaresco and Barolo. These two villages in Piedmont have wine lovers giving their lives to the stuff.

Occasion Pairings

Discussing the grander things in life, looking at the bigger picture, and plotting your way through the challenges of life. Nebbiolo gives you enough guile to believe in what you can do, and enough pause to remember who you really are.

Anything else?

Leave the gun, take the cannoli. Pair it with a Nebbiolo.