Wednesday, May 5, 2010

One Week 'til Piedmont

Exactly one week from today, I'll be headed to Piedmont. I've been hankering to return there ever since my first and last visit, back in 2006, so I'm super jazzed about the trip. The impetus was an invitation to attend Nebbiolo Prima (formerly known as the Alba Wine Exposition, if I'm not mistaken) from Albeisa, the producers' consortium for the wine regions in the immediate environs of Alba (Barolo, Barbaresco and Roero) and the organizers of the event.

Roughly half of my time in the region will be spent attending Nebbiolo Prima (yes, that part of the trip is a sponsored press junket). The other half will be on my own time and dime, visiting producers (some of whom I've met before, others who I've long wanted to), tucking in to the famously rich Piemontese cuisine and exploring the area. Piedmont only. I'm finally fighting the temptation to go "all over."

My schedule is already filling up fast, but I'd love to hear from any of you with suggestions for must-sees, must-dos, must-eats and must-drinks. Can't promise I'll be able to fit them all in but I'll certainly give it the old college try.

8 comments:

Do Bianchi said...

ude, I'm so psyched for you and so wish I could be there to taste with you. Have a great trip! we'll get there together one of these days... travel safe man...

David McDuff said...

ude? Is that Italian for dude?

Thanks for the well wishes, Jar. I'm getting more psyched by the minute.

Should I drop your name at da Felicin?

Franco said...

you can drop also my name with great friend Nino Rocca, Felicin's owner...
Very glad to meet you at Nebbiolo Prima David

David McDuff said...

It will be great to meet you as well, Franco. I'm glad to know you'll be attending. Now if only the volcano will cooperate....

Franco said...

I very hope that volcan will cooperate so you can arrive in Alba region for Nebbiolo wines tastings

Joe Manekin said...

David,

The 50-50 junket and private trip, just having returned from one, seems to work quite nicely. It reduces expenses somewhat, but affords you the freedom to travel more widely and do more.

I'll be praying to the vulcan gods for you!

Might could rock some Bjork this morning as well, maybe that will help?

Buon Viaggio,
Joe

David McDuff said...

Grazie, Franco e Giuseppe.

@Joe - The 50/50 not only allows for seeing more but also puts some of the control back in our own hands in terms of the producers we choose to visit and the wines we seek out to taste.

I'm sure there will be some fantastic producers in attendance at Nebbiolo Prima but I'm glad to have the opportunity to (re)visit some personal favorites, too.

No Bjork on hand at the moment, but that's not a bad idea for tomorrow. Keeping my fingers and toes crossed for good flying conditions on Wednesday.

javier said...

just read this post and there is no mention of the Giro? Anyway, look forward to seeing some pictures. Vino (no pun)shows in good form but there is a long road ahead.

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