When one thinks of the great wines of Piemonte in Northwestern Italy, you invariably reminisce about the powerful Nebbiolo grape that produces Barolo and Barbaresco. In regards to whites, Arneis and Gavi (made from the Cortese grape) come to mind. There are dozens of other grapes planted there, however. Tonight, we shall explore two of these grapes, Timorasso for white, and Barbera for red. To do this, we will enlist the help of two of our friends, Abramo and winemaker Paolo Ghislandi of Cascina Carpeni.


Paolo, along with his daughter Camilla, own a small, family operated winery in the town of Tortona. This is their first visit to the US and the only state they are exploring is little Rhody.

Speaking of Rhody, this Saturday, I will attend my first URI football game. While they might not be having the best year, record-wise, they at least have a team. My alma mater, Boston University, disbanded their team the year after my wife and I graduated. We did seem to be two of only a couple of fans there. Oh well. Go Rhody!

For the beer lovers, come on in Saturday from 4-6 and fall into the season with Newport Storm Octoberfest.

Friday, October 24, 4-7pm

Cascina Carpeni
Piemonte, Italy

I Carpini Timorasso 2011 $13.99
While this grape varietal has received a resurgence in recent years in grappa production, it produces a dry, crisp white wine as well. Tropical and aromatic, it is full bodied with clean acidity on the finish.
This red grape varietal often carries plum and black cherry characteristics with soft tannins. When released young, it is fresh and lively. When aged for several years, it gains weight and tannins. This will be a treat to see different bottlings from the same producer.

Il Carpeni Nero Barbera $11.99
I Carpini Colle Tortonese Barbera $13.99
I Carpini Sette Zolle Barbera $21.99
I Carpini Bruna D’autunno $34.99
Only 100 cases of this are produced and the only place in the US you can get it is here in Rhode Island.

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