Aldo Vacca and Ben near the Tower of Barbaresco in Piedmont

Aldo Vacca and Ben near the Tower of Barbaresco in Piedmont

While I’ve already reported extensively on last fall’s Piedmont Unfiltered consumer trip (go to www.wineontheroad.com for details on all of my upcoming wine country tours), the videos I took during our visit with Aldo Vacca, legendary winemaker at Produttori del Barbaresco (to my mind the best wine cooperative in the world), including his musings on the history of Barbaresco in general and Produttori in particular, make for compelling viewing by anyone with a deep interest in the vine.

In the vineyard with Wine On The Road clients at Fratelli Revello in Piedmont

In the vineyard with Wine On The Road clients at Fratelli Revello in Piedmont

I’ve embedded a compilation of these videos, Part II of II, titled “Produttori Unmasked,” in a viewer (see below) and invite you to share Aldo’s intimate knowledge of his fascinating corner of the wine world.  In addition, WOTR is offering a tour of Piemontese wine country that runs from April 26 – May 3, 2015, and I encourage you to check it out at www.wineontheroad.com/winebeesandcheeseinpiedmont.php.  I have also included recommendations for a few of the Produttori bottlings I’ve tasted over the past year at the end of this column.

 

TOURING WITH WOTR SURVEY QUESTION

Wine On The Road

Wine On The Road

I have prepared a quick (three question) survey for which I would very much appreciate your participation.  The response deadline has been extended to June 15, 2014, and I will randomly choose one lucky responder to receive a perfectly stored, ready to drink bottle of Taurasi, the most famous red wine to hail from Campania.  Here’s the link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SH625TS

 

BEN’S HIGH-DEFINITION WINE COUNTRY PICTURES ARE NOW FOR SALE

Sunset in Piemonte - amazing!

Sunset in Piemonte – amazing!

Have you ever read one of Ben’s columns and wondered how it would look to have one of his incredibly vivid pictures of wine country framed on your wall?  We’re now offering various size prints of his quirky, high resolution photography at Pixels.com, where you can also add his images to smartphone cases, greeting cards, and many other items.  Pictures can also be ordered loose or matted and framed in various sizes.  Go to http://pixels.com/art/all/benjamin+weinberg/all to take a peek.

 

UPCOMING COVERAGE: CELEBRATE WALLA WALLA WINE

The view from Col Solare (Red Mountain, WA)

The view from Col Solare (Red Mountain, WA)

Ben will be covering the upcoming Celebrate Walla Walla Wine Festival from June 17-21, 2014, in beautiful eastern Washington.  Follow along live with Ben on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Foursquare, and be sure to check out his Wine On The Road column after the event.

 

OREGON WINE TASTING AT THE VINEYARD WINE SHOP: FRIDAY, JUNE 20 & SATURDAY JUNE 21, 2:00 – 6:00 P.M.

Domaine Drouhin Oregon in the Willamette Valley

Domaine Drouhin Oregon in the Willamette Valley

Don’t miss these extraordinary Oregon wine tasting opportunities being presented at no charge at The Vineyard Wine Shop, 261 Fillmore St, Denver, CO 80206, with The Vineyard’s Wine Consultant Jordan Garcia.  We’ll be sampling wines from wineries that will be part of our tour of the Willamette Valley, June 5 – 9, 2015 (for more info go to www.wineontheroad.com/oregonwiththevineyard.php).  For more information on the Vineyard please go to www.vineyardwineshop.com, or call the store at (303) 355-8324.

 

UPCOMING COVERAGE: BEN IN CROATIA

Wine On The Road

Wine On The Road

Wine On The Road’s Chief Wine Sherpa Ben Weinberg will also be spending September 1 – 5, 2014, in Croatia prior to heading to France for a client tour of Champagne and Burgundy.  Be sure to follow Ben as he travels from Dubrovnik to Zagreb to Paris.

 

WINE, BEES, AND CHEESE IN PIEDMONT, ITALY, WITH FARM-TO-TABLE EXPERT JILL PARADIS AND WINE EXPERT BEN WEINBERG

A dish at La Gerla in Turin, Piedmont, Italy

A dish at La Gerla in Turin, Piedmont, Italy

This seven-day “Wine, Bees, and Cheese” tour of Piedmont, Italy, is an intensive travel experience punctuated by frequent tastes of the region’s best food, wine, and culture. Traveling with farm-to-table expert Jill Paradis and Wine On The Road’s Ben Weinberg, you’ll receive warm welcomes from each iconic producer and enough face-to-face time to discuss the history of each product as well as plans for the future. All represent generations of commitment to quality and respect for their lands and communities.

Price is $6,995 per person, paid in U.S. funds ($), based on double occupancy for between eight-and-twelve paid attendees, land only, excluding airfare, gratuities and other optional activities. Maximum group size is twelve adults of legal drinking age.  For additional information on this extraordinary touring opportunity, or to download the Preliminary Itinerary and Booking Form, go to www.wineontheroad.com/winebeesandcheeseinpiedmont.php.

 

OREGON WINE COUNTRY WITH DAVIDSONS LIQUORS: MAY 15-19, 2015

Maybe a balloon ride as well?

Maybe a balloon ride as well?

Davidson’s Fine Wine Specialist Aaron Maher, who leads this tour with his special knowledge of Oregon wines, and Davidsons Liquors have partnered with international wine writer Ben Weinberg and Wine on the Road to offer this extraordinary opportunity. This is the ultimate in wine-focused, behind-the-scenes wine country experiences, combining award-winning wines and exquisite dining and lodging with uniquely local flair and flavor.

Price is $2,995 per person, paid in U.S. funds ($), based on double occupancy for between 16-and-24 paid attendees, land only, excluding airfare, gratuities and other optional activities.  For additional information on this extraordinary touring opportunity, or to download the Preliminary Itinerary and Booking Form, go to www.wineontheroad.com/oregonwithdavidsons.php.

 

SEATTLE AND EASTERN WASHINGTON WINE COUNTRY: MAY 22-26, 2015

Stacks of wine barrels in Eastern Washington

Stacks of wine barrels in Eastern Washington

Wine on the Road’s Chief Wine Sherpa Ben Weinberg offers this extraordinary opportunity as the ultimate in wine-focused, behind-the-scenes wine country experiences, combining award-winning wines and exquisite dining and lodging with uniquely local flair and flavor.

Price is $2,995 per person, paid in U.S. funds ($), based on double occupancy for between 16-and-24 paid attendees, land only, excluding airfare, gratuities and other optional activities.  For additional information on this extraordinary touring opportunity, or to download the Preliminary Itinerary and Booking Form, go to www.wineontheroad.com/washingtonunfiltered.php.

 

PORTLAND AND THE WILLAMETTE VALLEY WITH THE VINEYARD WINE SHOP

This wine could be yours!

This wine could be yours!

The Vineyard’s Wine Consultant Jordan Garcia, who leads the tour with his special knowledge of Oregon wines, and The Vineyard Wine Shop have partnered with international wine writer Ben Weinberg and Wine on the Road to offer this extraordinary opportunity. This is the ultimate in wine-focused, behind-the-scenes wine country experiences, combining award-winning wines and exquisite dining and lodging with uniquely local flair and flavor.

Price per person is $2,995, based on double occupancy for between 16-24 paid attendees, land only, excluding airfare, gratuities and other optional activities. Maximum group size is 24 adults of legal drinking age.  For additional information on this extraordinary touring opportunity, or to download the Preliminary Itinerary and Booking Form, go to www.wineontheroad.com/oregonwiththevineyard.php.

 

WINE ON THE ROAD’S LUXURIOUS, BEHIND-THE-SCENES WINE TOURS

Wine On The Road

Wine On The Road

With Wine On The Road (www.wineontheroad.com), my wine-focused touring company, you can enjoy the ultimate wine country excursion with special access to top winemakers and their incomparable wines.  Wine On The Road offers intimate wine country tours that combine award-winning wines and exquisite dining and lodging with uniquely local flair and flavor.  We lodge at excellent and luxurious wine country estates (in the past we’ve occupied ancient yet completely restored castles as well as five-star resorts, all with modern amenities).  We eat at amazing local restaurants and visit wineries that embody the best, most authentic expressions of local wine grapes.

Early 2015 tours include Piedmont, Italy (www.wineontheroad.com/winebeesandcheeseinpiedmont.php), Oregon’s wine country (in conjunction with Davidson’s Liquors, www.wineontheroad.com/oregonwithdavidsons.php), Seattle and Eastern Washington (www.wineontheroad.com/washingtonunfiltered.php), and then Oregon again (in conjunction with The Vineyard Wine Shop, www.wineontheroad.com/oregonwiththevineyard.php).  You can learn more about these trips, book private groups in wine country world-wide and request more information on any of these extraordinary travel experiences by visiting www.wineontheroad.com, emailing me at benweinberg@wineontheroad.com, or calling me at 303-522-6738.

 

Recommendations:

Red

2012 Produttori del Barbaresco Nebbiolo Langhe (Piedmont, Italy) $20

2009 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco $40

2009 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Rio Sordo Riserva (barrel sample) (Piedmont, Italy) $55

2008 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Rio Sordo Riserva (Piedmont, Italy) $55

1985 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Moccagatta Riserva (Piedmont, Italy) $N/A