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Vic Rallo & Axel Heinz at the 2014 NJ Wine & Food Fest

Vic Rallo, Axel Heinz of Tenuta Dell’Ornellaia and Tony Verdoni talk about wine, food, and Italian culture at the NJ Wine & Food Fest! From the estate to the grapes, learn more about what makes the wines of Ornellaia something truly unique. Look for more videos from the NJ Wine and Food Fest panel coming soon!

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Talking with Vittorio Marzotto of Ca’del Bosco Winery

Victor talks with Vittorio Marzotto of Ca’del Bosco Winery in the Franciacorta region of Italy. Learn how Ca’del Bosco uses one-of-a-kind advanced technology to limit exposure to oxygen, creating stunning sparkling wines that are a true expression of the terrior, that rivals the best French champagnes.

Thanksgiving Turkey

Thanksgiving Wines: Planning for the Big Day


The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is the busiest wine sales day of the year in the U.S.A. Wine shops bring in extra cash registers. Be prepared to make sound selections for your friends. Thanksgiving is the finest hour for you to please and to impress your guests with an assortment of exciting wines. When you write out your wish list, keep some basic factors in mind:

I. Guest considerations: Aunt Lucy drinks wines once a year (maybe twice) and thinks dry wines are sour. Provide her with an off-dry wine; a German Dornfelder, a Lambrusco Amabile, a Moscato. Uncle Ethan doesn’t drink at all. For him, how about an autumnal apple cider? Hot shot Louie gulps only hulking, oaky, high alcohol Cabs with 98-point ratings. Although such wines overpower turkey, you should do what you can to make him happy.

II. Turkey: Since domesticated turkeys are mutations of wild turkeys (game birds), Pinot Noir works best for me. It doesn’t have to be a lordly Burgundy at an aristocratic price. How about a Willamette Valley Pinot Noir from Oregon?

When paired with turkey, light white wines leave me with a metallic, bitter aftertaste. I suggest trying a fuller, oak-aged California Chardonnay or a rich Pinot Blanc or Pinot Grigio from Alto-Adige, Friuli, or Alsace.

III. Festivities: Make Thanksgiving sparkle with a Champagne toast. Or it could be a Prosecco or a Cava, but top shelf only. Your guests deserve the best.

Beaujolais Nouveau has just arrived! Salute the new vintage. We are all obliged to try the new wine, at least once. Actually, once is enough for me. Look for Californian or Italian versions (Vini Novelli), but these may be harder to find.

IV. Other foods to be served: This is where the fun ascends to a higher plain. With hors d’oeuvres, antipasti, pasta, vegetables, root or otherwise, there is an opportunity to show dozens (well, quite a few) of various wines. Try a rose from Provence.

V. Save room for dessert and dessert wines: I like Vin Santo with pumpkin pie. You don’t have to like what I like, but keep the party going.

VI. Really special wines: If you’re feeling inspired, break out a large format or an old vintage you’ve been saving. Why are you saving it? Thanksgiving with friends and relatives is the reason why.

VII. Ask your wine shop owner and clerk: What do they recommend? More importantly, why?

VIII. Other beverages: Check your stocks of beer, spirits, soda, etc. for the malcontents.

IX. Bring out the cots: Everyone will need to take a nap. No one leaves hungry. No one leaves drunk. If necessary, no one leaves.

X. Post-nap activities: Play cards, watch football games, make turkey sandwiches, tell the same stories which you have been spinning for the past 20 years.
Next week, I’ll let you how I made out. Let me know how you did. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Interview with Michele Pasqua of Marco Felluga: The Unique Wines of Collio

Victor talks with Michele Pasqua of Marco Felluga Wines about the great wines from the Collio. Known as the “gentle hill,” learn how the unique soil brings us some amazing and refreshing wines from the great Italian North. Watch the interview with Michele below, or click here to jump to the event photo gallery.


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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


Cristina and Isabella Oddero with Victor Rallo

Talking with Isabella and Cristina Oddero

Victor Rallo talks with winemakers Isabella and Cristina Oddero of Oddero winery in Piemonte, Italy. Hear what the winemakers have to say about the Oddero Barolo 2007, and what we can expect from the 2008 vintage.

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Interview with Axel Heinz of Ornelaia

Victor Rallo talks with winemaker of Ornelaia, Axel Heinz at the recent tasting of 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 of Ornelaia Bogheri Superiore in New York City. Learn how Axel chooses to harvest his grapes at the perfect time, what to expect for the 2009 and 2011 vintages, and how Ornelaia works with the heat during grape growing in Bolgheri.

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?