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Filming in Northern Italy – Vietti Castiglione Barolo & Vietti Arneis

Where the Hell is Victor Rallo?

This is a good question and I don’t have an answer! However, I do know where he was! Piedmont, Alto-Adige, Emilia Romagna, Trentino and Lombardy; Victor was zigzagging his way across Northern Italy in search of the very best food, wine, and life for his new show “Eat, Drink, Live Italy with Victor Rallo” set to air this winter on PBS.

Victor’s pursuit is to bring you the best of Italy! Not only will he be delving into such items as truffles, pressing olives, and finding the perfect cheese caveau, he will be eating some of each region’s top food and drinking the finest wine. And yes, he’s even keeping an eye on Burlisconi and Italy’s bees. So, stayed tuned for news on the upcoming show, and to keep tabs on his antics throughout Italy.

On his most recent trip, of the hundreds of wines he tasted, the following are the ones you cannot miss!!!

The wines July 5, 2012 to July 17, 2012:


2. Vietti Castiglione Barolo & Vietti Arneis

Luca Currado of Vietti in Castiglione Falletto is arguably one of the best wine makers in Barolo. Try any of his wines and you will understand my statement. His family is the only Barolo producer to own Cru vineyards in all of the 11 villages that make up the Barolo DOCG. The Barolo Castiglione 2007 is a slam-dunk for nebbiolo lovers, whether you drink it now or cellar it for 10-15 years. And please do not overlook the Arneis 2011; a terrific alternative to sauvignon blanc.

Based in Castiglione Falletto in Piedmont’s Langhe wine region, the Vietti winery is owned by the family’s fourth generation. In 1919 Mario Vietti made the first Vietti labeled wines. By mid-century Alfredo Currado married Mario’s daughter and made a name for Vietti’s single vineyard Barbera and Barolo. Alfredo was one of the first to select and vinify grapes from single vineyards, a radical concept at the time. He also put the varietal Arneis on the wine map and is recognized as the father of Arneis. In 1990, Luca joined the Vietti family business as winemaker after working at California’s Simi Winery, Opus One, Long Vineyards and Bordeaux’s Mouton-Rothschild. His innovative winemaking utilizes a unique combination of the modern and traditional. He eliminated equipment that measures acid and tannin levels in favor of a more intuitive approach. Vietti organically farms more than 25 single vineyards with vines up to 90 years of age.

Vietti Castiglione Barolo 2007 – $45.99

Vietti Roero Arneis 2011 – $21.99


Fattoria Lavacchio Puro

The First Organic, No Sulfites Added Chianti Available in the USA: Fattoria Lavacchio Puro

The First organic Chianti with no sulfites added available in the United States is Fattoria Lavacchio Puro! This delicious organic wine from the Chianti zone of Tuscany has no sulfites added, and will be available to the public this September.

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Terlan Pinot Bianco Riserva Vorberg 2006 Now on Sale at RalloWines.com

Arguably one of the best white wines to recently have come out of Italy, the Terlan Pinot Bianco Riserva Vorberg 2006 makes it’s appearance on RalloWines.com. Take a look at the video review, and full written review below with Victor and The Professor Anthony Verdoni.

Verdoni –

Terlan Pinot Bianco Riserva “Vorberg” 2006 Alto Adige D.O.C.

You may recall Robert De Niro in The Deerhunter, holding a gun and saying, “This is this.” Well, Vorberg is Vorberg. It is like no other Pinot Bianco in the world. Pundits compare Vorberg to the wines of Alsace, even to White Burgundies, but Vorberg has a character and personality of its own.

It reflects altitude and the sandy, gravelly minerality of the vineyard’s soil. You feel the fruit of sunlit days in the Dolomites and the crisp acidity of its cool nights. I have never tasted a more complex Pinot Bianco (Pinot Blanc). Vorberg brandishes floral notes, pear flavors, and nuances of honeyed almonds. The vinification – including fermentation in large casks, with aging on the lees for a full 12 months – adds to the silky creaminess of the wine.

In the great 2006 vintage, fewer than 3,000 cases were produced. Only about 300 cases come to the U.S. Subtract the 1 case that I intend to buy and there are only 299 left.

This is a great wine. It is a Riserva – an official designation applicable to Italy’s finest reds and just a handful of white. Vorberg is outstanding with cheeses and spicy seafood. I would serve it chilled, in place of a red, with poultry, pork, or veal. You can enjoy it now or throughout the next decade. Vorberg is not inexpensive – it cannot be – but it is worth every penny.

Overall quality: 95

Victor Rallo Jr. –

Terlan Pinot Bianco Riserva “Vorberg” 2006 Alto Adige D.O.C.

Today Tony and I tasted a white wine that we both consider the best wine white or red that we ever reviewed. And we are not alone, the 2006 Terlan “Vorberg” Pinot Bianco was given 3 glasses by Gambero Rosso, and received 90+ points from The Wine Advocate and The Wine Spectator.

The Wine Spectator’s James Suckling writes, “To say that an Italian cooperative winery produces some of the best white wines in its region, if not the whole of the country, may raise an eyebrow or two. But having recently blind-tasted the white wines of Cantina Terlano, from the Alto Adige region in Italy’s northeast, I have no doubt that this is the case.”

This is a wine for serious wine drinkers and wine lovers; it is complex, creamy and viscous with great fruit and acidity. I would serve this wine to lovers of white Burgundy, California Chardonnay or Alsatian whites, not because it is similar to these wines but because the wine has complexity, character and it’s own DNA like these other great white wines.

On the palate the flavor profile changes the longer it sits in your mouth. At first I taste ripe pear and apple and then as I begin to swallow the wine I get butterscotch and honey on the back of my tongue; this wine is a treat. Unlike many white wines that are aged in oak, in which the oak totally overpowers the delicate white varietals, Terlan’s oak treatment totally and unselfishly compliments the beauty of this bright, golden hued pinot bianco.

Tony and I ate a mildly spicy chicken and Italian sausage dish with this wine and it held up to the food in all regards. Buy it now because only 300 cases are imported to the US market, or you will say, Vic told you so.

Overall quality: 94

Fresh Summer Whites Hit RalloWines.com

Summertime is here, and RalloWines.com has two refreshing Summer white wines to kick off the season: Pieropan Soave 2008, and Jermann Chardonnay 2007. These are two delicious white wines with great value; we personally taste and evaluate every single wine before it goes on RalloWines.com. Among dozens of wines we review that never make it to our site, we bring you two more amazing wine that you can buy at a great price just in time for Summer.

Take a look at the video reviews, or jump to RalloWines.com to read the full review and buy these wines.

Pieropan Soave 2008

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Jermann Chardonnay 2007

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What are some of your favorite Summer white wines?