So let's just say that our wine budget for eating out in Piemonte is 20 Euro per bottle per meal. Is this absolutely ridiculous? Allende has mentioned in a previous post that this is doable. I have looked over the wine list from Ristorante Bovio in La Morra (we don't plan on eating there, but their list is online and is supposedly excellent) and it seems possible. But I still find it a challenge to know what to order. I am assuming Barbera, Dolcetto, and Nebbiolo are wines that would be closer to our price range. I have read that some Dolcetto worth looking for on wine lists are by Einaudi, Marcarini, and Chionetti. For a Nebbiolo, the 2009 Vietti Nebbiolo “Perbacco” Langhe was mentioned as being fuller bodied and tasty. But I would love to have a better idea of what specifically to look for on some these huge wine lists.
We would prefer to be able to splurge on Barolos and Barbaresos, but it's just not possible for us to spend 100+ euro on a bottle of wine. It could be possible to spend 30-40 euro on one or two occasions, if anyone has any suggestions. Maybe on a 2006? We plan to visit an enoteca or two, where hopefully we can try some Barolos for a tasting fee. I did read that Bovio may make some decent Barolos at a lower price point.
We're in our mid 30s and are servers in upscale restaurants in a small city in upstate New York, neither of which have many Italian wines on their lists. So we have a decent knowledge of wine, but are newbies when it come to Italian wines. We may be able to return in the future with a bigger wine budget, but for now our budget is relatively modest.
Many of our food destinations have great wine lists. I would love to take advantage of them to the best of my ability. While food may be a slightly higher priority on this trip, we still plan on taking this opportunity to get better acquainted with Italian wines.
Our list includes:
In ER: Da Ivan, La Buca, Locanda Mariella, Amerigo dal 1934 (possibly), and Antica Osteria ai Ranari in Montova. I could use a suggestion for Verona. I have a couple places in mind, but nothing that stands out as special.
In Piemonte: Da Bardon, Veglio, La Torre, and either Il Centro or Renzo for a ristorante one night. Renzo is very close to our hotel.
This is our first time visiting Italy. When I tell friends our itinerary, I get strange looks. No Venice? No Rome? I am so thankful to Chowhound and to its loyal Italy posters, because of you we will have a trip of a lifetime, one which few people would ever plan for their first visit to Italy. Thank you!
But it seems I still need a little help :)