Visiting Piedmont on a Budget
“The stars of Italy’s Piedmont region are Barolo, Barbaresco and white truffles, but it’s possible to get an authentic taste of the region without taking out a second mortgage.
“Every year, more tourists flock to Italy’s northwest in search of the latest Barolos and Barbarescos — two of the country’s most famous and expensive wines — and to enjoy the area’s upscale dining, especially in the fall when rare white truffles make an appearance.
“Alba and the nearby Langhe hills are the undisputed epicenter of Piedmont’s fine wine and dining scene, boasting 12 Michelin-starred restaurants within a 10-mile radius.
“Best of all for wine lovers, Piedmont’s famed Barolo and Barbaresco producers also make delicious, affordable wines that can be served with a variety of dishes and offer sheer drinkability — Nebbiolo, Barbera and Dolcetto.
“These wines are growing in popularity, and with an increasing number of labels imported to the U.S., they offer a little taste of Piedmont here at home…
Piedmont’s Other Pours
“Piedmont also boasts a number of lesser-known wines made from indigenous grapes. Most are imported into the U.S., albeit in limited amounts.
“This is a medium-bodied white with scents of wild flowers and aromatic herbs, accompanied by exotic fruit, sage and rosemary flavors. It pairs well with white meat and fish courses. Top producers include Elvio Cogno and Rivetto.”
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