I took a long weekend and head north towards Serralunga d’ Alba ( 35 miles from Turin ) site seeing and drinking Barolo wine with a wonderful sunset decked out in all of my weekend finery including my toasty warm leather jacket in a rich tobacco colored aged leather and a cream warm wool collar. Serralunga is a small village surrounded by vineyards. The place of interest is the castle of Serralunga built in 1357, inside there are paintings of the fifteenth century, in the Hall of Valvassori, representing the martyrdom of Catherine of Alexandria. Since 2007 is part of the circuit of the 8 castles, better known as castles Doc.
Did U know? Barolo is a red wine produced in the Italian region of Piedmont. It is made from the Nebiolo grape. This northern delicacy is often described as having the aromas of Tar and roses ( Tar? Not the kind on the road..street asphalt..in this case “tar” is a substance obtained from a variety of organic materials trough destructive distillation.) I learned that it could take more than 10 years for the wine to soften up and become ready for drinking. In Piedmont , old Barolo wine is used to make an after-dinner digestive known as Barolo Chinato. Some common ingredients of “Chinato” include cinamon, iris flowers, mint and vanilla. The beverage is very aromatic and smooth, and normally served after dinner but defore your last espresso. The menu was subperb because in this region, the barolo wine is often paired with their typical hearty dishes of meat, heavy pastas, rich risottos but especially with truffles. . . a bit of an acquired taste.
P.S. I was born and raised in the Chianti area, only 15 minutes from my work, Pierotucci Leather Factory and perhaps more importantly, the home of Chianti Classico, one of the best wines in the world. And. I must say that I prefer Chianti to Barolo. You ask me why? Actually, at VinItaly 2013 , Barolo was cofirmed the leader in taste ,but, every Italian region has a deeply felt sense of patriotism. So, being born and raised in Tuscany, my taste and my heart brings me 100% towards the Gallo Nero , Chianti Classico.