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Piedmont Wine Aficionados

I live in Louisville and have a very hard time finding Barolos and Barbera's - let alone any other Piedmont reds. The one Barbera I do find is the Michele Chiarolo Barbera d'Asti Superiore. It has become our everyday drinking wine at home. I did find Pico Maccario Lavignone Barbera d'Asti the other day but don't have a good or bad opinion on it since I drank it when I had a bad cold and couldn't taste anything. (What a waste!)

We already have plans to visit several enotecas - including Grinzane Cavour - I remember going to the enoteca in Greve and having so many options and being overwhelmed! :)

Thanks for the info and recommendations, DavidT!

Sep 14, 2013
gina2178 in Wine

Piedmont Wine Aficionados

What are your favorite Piedmont wines that you are drinking now for under 100 Euro? What are you buying now to save for later?

I'm not sure what we should be ordering while we visit in October and don't want to be completely ignorant when ordering or buying wine. For example, if there is a year of Barolo that is bad, I'd like to know.

Is there a online resource for this kind of information that you recommend?

Thanks!
Gina

Sep 14, 2013
gina2178 in Wine

planning a trip to Cinnciati OH. need restaurant tips

If in downtown Cincy, try Sotto. Excellent Tuscan fare. Must make reservations!

Jul 16, 2013
gina2178 in Kentucky & Tennessee

Holy cow! Did you folks know of all these Oreo variations?

Where did you find them?

Jul 16, 2013
gina2178 in General Topics

Holy cow! Did you folks know of all these Oreo variations?

The best! I just ate some!

Jul 16, 2013
gina2178 in General Topics

Holy cow! Did you folks know of all these Oreo variations?

Wow. It's sad I've tried all of those.

Jul 16, 2013
gina2178 in General Topics

BEST LOUISVILLE EATS - HIGH END, MODERATE, LOCAL

Don't go to Mark's Feed. Cross into New Albany and trey Feast BBQ. It recently made USA Today's list of hot BBQ joints. It is excellent - try the cucumber kolsch!

Jul 15, 2013
gina2178 in Kentucky & Tennessee

Labor Day weekend in Louisville-- please critique

I'd skip Havana Rumba.

Jul 15, 2013
gina2178 in Kentucky & Tennessee

Bourbon Trail--Lexington, KY

Holly Hill Inn :)

Jul 15, 2013
gina2178 in Kentucky & Tennessee

Emilia Romagna - Zibello, Modena, Parma

Thanks for the input. We are actually visiting in later October - but still hope for a nice rainy fall so to encourage a good truffle season.

Jun 04, 2013
gina2178 in Italy

Emilia Romagna - Zibello, Modena, Parma

Very valuable 2 cents! Thank you!

Apr 29, 2013
gina2178 in Italy

Emilia Romagna - Zibello, Modena, Parma

I don't have my travel notes nearby but I wonder if you are referring to the place where you drink wines out of bowls?

Thanks for your input!

Apr 29, 2013
gina2178 in Italy

Emilia Romagna - Zibello, Modena, Parma

Good to know we are based in an unknown gem - there is not much online re: the place. Do you have any favorite places to eat in the town itself? We are staying at Locanda Del Feudo in the old city.

Based on recommendations here in this thread, I'm going to get a parm tour scheduled. It was an idea that was tossed around for awhile.

This ER leg is rushed - I strongly agree. It wasn't part of the original plan - we like to park ourselves in one spot for a week and take is slow. We are returning to Italy next year & will likely be in ER for at least 10 days.

Thanks for your input!

Apr 29, 2013
gina2178 in Italy

Louisville Bachelorette Party Dinner

Proof at the 21C hotel if you aren't wearing crazy bachelorette party items. ;)

Apr 17, 2013
gina2178 in Kentucky & Tennessee

Louisville best dining

Magnolia 610 - reserve early!

Apr 17, 2013
gina2178 in Kentucky & Tennessee

BEST LOUISVILLE EATS - HIGH END, MODERATE, LOCAL

If you are a fan of pork, The Blind Pig is excellent! I second Hammerheads and Hillbilly Tea - 610 Magnolia is excellent but book far in advance - at least a few weeks!

Apr 12, 2013
gina2178 in Kentucky & Tennessee

Australians in Louisville - Please critique

Mayan Cafe is a winner - then walk over to Decca or Rye for a cocktail!

Apr 12, 2013
gina2178 in Kentucky & Tennessee

Australians in Louisville - Please critique

What is the status on Taco Punk? I remember either reading or seeing on the news that they we in financial trouble?

Apr 12, 2013
gina2178 in Kentucky & Tennessee

Australians in Louisville - Please critique

If you go to the Holy Grale, you must try the beer cheese & pretzel bread.

Apr 12, 2013
gina2178 in Kentucky & Tennessee

Australians in Louisville - Please critique

Wild Eggs is a favorite - you can't go wrong there for breakfast. We enjoy Toast, but know quite a few who don't feel compelled to return after their first experience,

Apr 12, 2013
gina2178 in Kentucky & Tennessee

Moderately priced cocktail lounges in Louisville

Drakes at The Summit is a meat market for divorced men and they play the same music over and over again.

Too bad about Meat - a favorite place.

Apr 12, 2013
gina2178 in Kentucky & Tennessee

GNO in June in Cincinnati - staying at 21c Hotel

Myself & my cousin are spending 24 hours in Cincinnati on a Saturday night in June. Our hotel is 21c. We are in our mid-late thirties. I'm a foodie and my cousin is starting to become cautiously open to new experiences. Looking for a dinner that won't exceed $100 not including the cost of wine. We plan on check out the new casino too.

Any suggestion on where to drink & (maybe) dance without feeling like we the oldest in the bar? Or just a neat, not to pretentious or young, bar scene?

Thanks!

Gina

Apr 12, 2013
gina2178 in Great Lakes

Emilia Romagna - Zibello, Modena, Parma

Thanks for your advice, Allende! Spalla is on my list of food to order at La Buca!

Apr 12, 2013
gina2178 in Italy

Emilia Romagna - Zibello, Modena, Parma

For both of us for that day - but budgets are meant to be broken - so I'm open to suggestions. I'm trying to keep a few meals on the cheaper side so we can splurge on truffles and wine in Piedmont - but I'm also realistic - definitely no more than 75 Euros, wine excluded! :)

Apr 11, 2013
gina2178 in Italy

Emilia Romagna - Zibello, Modena, Parma

Hello!

Faithful 3 year lurker here - I actually used several of your suggestions when we visited Venice and Tuscany in 2011. This fall, we are returning to Italy to experience Emilia-Romanga (ER) and Piedmont for 8 nights. However, we are only spending 2 nights in ER since the main focus of our trip is truffles, chocolate and wine in Piedmont.

We have two nights booked in Castelvetro di Modena in the middle of October. I am trying to put together an itinerary that is going to include one meal reservation a day. (We don't like being tied to a completely rigid schedule when we travel without kids - we enjoy some spontaneity.) We also are not star chasers - but on special occasion, don't mind dropping $300 for meals - we are saving such a meal for Piedmont.

This is what we had in mind:

1. Arrive in Milan in the early morning. Rent car & start driving south. Stop in Zibello for lunch at La Buca & a tour of the culatello.

2. Time in Modena. Seek out balsamic vinegar tour & lunch - was thinking: (1) Pedroni tour & Osteria di Rubbiara for lunch or (2) Guisti or Villa San Donnino & Hostaria Giusti for lunch.

3. Leave Castelvetro di Modena for Piedmont early morning. We had discussed visiting Torrechiara Castle before lunch. Based on previous posts, we are considering Ai Due Platani for lunch because it is in the direction of Parma & the highway that would take us to Piedmont. If the weather is beautiful, we could drive to and stroll around Parma. If the weather is cold or rainy, we could start our drive to Piedmont.

Now, I have the following questions -

For the day in Zibello, does the culatello tour at La Buca need to be booked when you make reservations? Any other culinary items/places we should seek out when we are in that area?

For the day in Modena, any thoughts on what places that I listed that might make the better experience overall? We are torn. Also, any outstanding gelato and/or bakeries in Modena that are a must visit?

For our last day in ER, are there any other suggestions for lunch in the area? Our lunch budget - without wine - is 50 Euros.

Thank you for all your input!

Gina

Apr 11, 2013
gina2178 in Italy