One of the first things wine folks will tell you when the subject of Barolo comes up is Barolo, the king of wines, the wine of kings.

That expression has its origins in the fact that King Victor Emanuel II, the first sovereign of united Italy (1860), was a producer of Barolo. And he liked to serve it to his friends.

But over time and especially today, people take that to mean that Barolo is indisputably Italy’s best wine, in other words, the King.

Don’t get my wrong: I love Barolo as much as any red-blooded enophile. And we’ve opened some pretty darn good ones during our virtual events and dinners at the restaurant.

But when you talk to the “old folks” in Italy, they will all tell you the same thing. Back in the 1950s and 1960s, when the weather was so cold and rainy that you were lucky to get one or two good vintages of Barolo every decade, the winemakers often blended Taurasi from the south in their wines to get the desired color and alcohol level.

Back then, Taurasi was the indisputable “sovereign” (let’s not used the gendered term) of Italian wine. It’s made from Aglianico, a grape not related to Barolo’s Nebbiolo or Burgundy’s Pinot Noir, but capable nonetheless of making some of Europe’s best and most coveted and collectible red wines.

This Thursday, we’ll be opening the Rocca del Principe 2016 Taurasi Aurelia from an estate that has captivated the wine critics in recent years.

There’s no doubt that Barolo has eclipsed Taurasi in terms of its notoriety and commercial success. But that doesn’t mean that the wines of Taurasi don’t deserve our attention. I know you will agree with me: Taurasi isn’t the Barolo of the South. Barolo is the Taurasi of the North.

Thanks for your support. We love what we get to do for a living and we know it wouldn’t be possible without you. Thank you for loving Italian wine and food!

Jeremy Parzen
wine director
ROMA

Barolo, Taurasi of the North?
Virtual Wine Dinner
with wine director
Jeremy Parzen

Thursday, March 10
7:30 p.m.
guests will be provided with a Zoom link

$119 per couple

Please email Jeremy to reserve
by clicking here.

MENU

Insalata Caprese
Traditional mozzarella salad

Puttanesca
Spaghetti with spicy tomato, olives, anchovies

Carne alla Pizzaiola
Thin beef cutlets with marinara

Rocca del Principe 2016 Taurasi

%d bloggers like this: