Get 10% off the purchase price with every order of 12 bottles or more of still wine not already on sale. The savings add up!
Candela Prol, highly experienced certified wine educator and friend of the shop, is available for tastings and training for private and corporate events. For rates and other inquiries, please contact her at email@example.com .
*Offsite events are contracted to and coordinated by a 3rd party, and are in no way affiliated with Chambers Street Wines.
Tasting these wines has shown us, time and again, that they can age almost as long and beautifully as Barolo and Barbaresco. In Alto Piemonte, producers are permitted to include small quantities of Uva Rara (also called Bonarda, Bonarda Novarese, and Croatina ) and Vespolina, which add color and body to the wines (which nowadays must be 85% Nebbiolo, and which, just to continue the Italian tradition of local names for grapes, thus complicating our lives, is called Spanna in the region). In the past (even perhaps in the not-very-distant past) it was commonly thought that some wine from southern Italy was also added to Spanna (also called Nebbiolo, just in case you’d lost track) but the local blending grapes usually do the trick of enriching the wine and rounding-out some sharp edges. Whatever was done, the wines live a long time, and the blending may explain why they tend to show well even in less good vintages. AND they are relatively reasonably priced, so they can be delicious and thrilling alternatives to Barolo and Barbaresco.
This offer includes producers who still make very good wine - Antoniolo, Cantalupo, Nervi, Travaglini, Sella, Vallana - but lots of the old wine makers packed it in over decades of shrinking vineyards and diminished production in Alto Piemonte. Their wines are also very good and well worth trying – Fiore, and Francoli, for example. Jamie Wolff
This wine is Gattinara — so says the previous owner, who we trust entirely — but is labelled in celebration of the 1970 World's Fair in Osaka, Japan. It wasn't easy to sell Gattinara in 1970, so the creative vendor tried some novel approaches... We don't know if it worked, but we do know that old Francoli is worth a try. JW