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Stuffed peppers Piedmont-style #IMissItaly

Our #IMissItaly series continues today with stuffed bell peppers Piedmont-style. They’re actually really easy to make. The secret is to use the right ingredients for the filling: Peppers, roasted and peeledParmigiano Reggianoricottaolive oil-cured tunasalt-cured anchovies, desaltedtomato pasteeggsbread crumbsflatleaf parsleysagethymeextra-virgin olive oilsalt But to really make this dish correctly you need to use the Piedmontese style …

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A unique multi-vintage library of top Piedmontese wines.

Last week, we sat down and thumbed through some old editions of the Gambero Rosso Guide to the Wines of Italy. All of them dated back to the era when Slow Food was still publishing the guide and Slow Food founder Carlo Petrini was still the editor-in-chief. We found three great quotes about Mario Pesce …

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Gambero Rosso 2001 on Mario Pesce: “For Mario, a great wine never drinks well when young.”

Especially when you talk to people who have worked in Italian wine for 20+ years and you ask them about Scarpa, the first thing they’ll tell you — invariably — is that the winery’s northern star Mario Pesce was an extraordinary winemaker, a visionary of his times, and an exacting gourmet and epicure. Pesce wasn’t the winery’s …

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Things I miss about Italy: The Club Sandwich (what?) #IMissItaly

So I know this going to sound a little weird. But one of the things I miss the most about Italy is the club sandwich. Yes, you read that right, the club sandwich. About 20 years ago, traditional American cuisine began to creep into Italian gastronomy by means of brunch — or, as the Italians pronounce …

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“Nebbiolo might be the crown jewel of Piemonte, but Freisa is its buried treasure.”

A few days ago, Cult of the Vine, the popular Australian wine shop in Brunswick (Melbourne, Victoria) posted the above photo on its Instagram with the following note: “Nebbiolo might be the crown jewel of Piemonte, but Freisa is its buried treasure.” The post brought to mind an op-ed published by Carlo Petrini, founder of …

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Not just Italian coffee: The Bicerin the famous coffee of Turin #IMissItaly

As part of our ongoing #IMissItaly series (click the link for all the posts in the thread), we shed more than one tear dreaming of the Bicerin, the famous coffee recipe created in Turin (Torino), a “must” experience when you visit Piedmont where we grow and make our wines. The word bicerin (akin to the …

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Ian D’Agata: Scarpa La Bogliona a “benchmark” Barbera d’Asti

“When it’s good,” writes the prolific wine writer Ian D’Agata in his landmark work Italy’s Native Wine Grape Terroirs (University of California Press 2019), “Barbera d’Asti is simply a great wine.” In his chapter devoted to the appellation, he names Scarpa Barbera d’Asti La Bogliona, the winery’s top cru, one of the designation’s “benchmark” wines …

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