A lot of Nebbiolo and Barolo purists are going to be shocked by my admittedly provocative claim that Barbaresco is better than Barolo.

Yes, it’s true that Barolo is known as the king of wines and the wine of kings. That saying dates back to the fact that it was the first king of unified Italy who envisioned Barolo’s yet to be established greatness in the village of Serralunga d’Alba.

But it was in another village where a young winemaker joined his family’s winery in 1961. He had an even grander vision for Nebbiolo. But unlike the king’s dream to make Nebbiolo into a world-class wine, that young man’s dream would be fulfilled in his lifetime.

That man’s name was Angelo Gaja (maybe you’ve heard of him?). And the village was a small hilltop town where they didn’t even have running water until the 1960s: Barbaresco.

When people ask me what my favorite wine is, I always respond with my standard line: it depends on what I’m eating, where I’m eating it, and with whom I’m sharing the wine. But if they press me to reveal my all-time favorite wine, it’s always Barbaresco.

Where Barolo has power and structure, Barbaresco has power and structure and elegance and nuance, even in its youth. Where Barolo has classic notes of earth and rose petals with dark unripe fruit, Barbaresco blends “umami” (savory) flavors with rich red and berry fruit flavors. As much as I love Barolo, Barbaresco is the wine that never fails to inspire me.

For this Thursday’s virtual wine dinner, we will be sending guests home with one of my favorite Barbarescos, Cantina del Pino, a winery and a family whose legacy stretches back to the origins of the appellation.

There’s just so much to tell and share about this wonderful winery. But you’ll have to join us this week to get the whole story.

Thanks for your support: These dinners wouldn’t be possible without you.

Jeremy Parzen
wine director

Better than Barolo: Barbaresco
Virtual Wine Dinner & Seminar
with ROMA wine director Jeremy Parzen

Thursday, December 2
7:30 p.m.
guests will be provided with a Zoom link

$119 per couple

Please email Jeremy to reserve
by clicking here.


Polpette di Agnello
Lamb meatballs

Paccheri al Gorgonzola
Paccheri pasta with Gorgonzola

Gallina della Cornovaglia
Stuffed Cornish hen with roasted potatoes and vegetables

Cantina del Pino 2017 Barbaresco

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