Italian Wine Selections from Avalon Wine
Oregonians love Italian wine. While we at Avalon Wine specialize in Northwest wines online, we have a deep enthusiasm for Italian wines in our Corvallis store and our home cellars. Marcus is our resident expert, and he brings some of our favorite Italian winemakers to Corvallis for tastings and wine dinners.
We have access to one of the best selections of small, artisan made Italian wines in the country, many at killer prices. We seek out the gems in the rural countryside of Italy, finding stellar wines from Italian "Indies" missed by the big boys. Just like Avalon finds the best of the Oregon and Washington "Indie" wines and delivers them to you!
More About -Italian Wines
The Piedmonte region of Italy, where Barbaresco is located, is almost as well known for its truffles as for its wines. The parallels of the Piemonte to Oregon (Nebbiolo and truffles, Pinot noir and Oregon's growing fame for its truffles) are intriguing. Add both regions' obsession with fine, locally produced cuisine, and the Piemonte deserves to be called Oregon's "Sister Gastronomic Region"!
Barolo and Barbaresco, the king and queen of wines from Italy's Piedmonte, have a similar allure to that of Oregon Pinot noir. They have complexity and intrigue - certain qualities that are simply hard to put into words. Perfect partners for food.
Ca de Baio Gems Found in Rural Countryside of Italy
One of our favorite wineries in the Piedmonte region is Ca del Baio. Ca del Baio's wines are called "Barbaresco", referring to the village where the winery is located. The wines are made from Nebbiolo, the star grape of the region. Nebbiolo is the diva of Italian grapes- temperamental, low yielding and late ripening, it is often compared to Pinot noir in its variability and for the quality of its best wines.
Ca del Baio is owned by the Grasso family (father and son winemakers in photo at right,) grapegrowers and winemakers since 1680. Their farm is in Treiso, a village near Barbaresco. Ca del Baio's vineyards are both at the winery (45 acres) and in nearly Asili, a village near Treiso. Asili is respected as one of the best grape growing areas in the region. While best known for their Nebbiolo based wines, Ca del Baio also grow Dolcetto and Barbera and make Docg status wines from the grapes.
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