We’re at our apartment in La Morra for the better part of three months. Looking forward to some great eating and drinking. Also, we're very much looking forward to meeting, for the first time, Peter R (and his wife), who has posted here many times. He has been coming to Piemonte (and Italy) for a long time and has a passion for good food and wine. The four of us will be going to two of our (both of ours) favorite places, Priocca and Bardon. He and his wife have been going to Priocca forever… even before Italy became unified. Should be a lot of fun.
As mentioned in another post, am not going to give a new detailed report of all the places we go to; that would be boring for you (and me). Will, however, give a brief summary of what we’ve just eaten and drunk. Sometimes, I’ll post a few prior comments. These, plus the site address for some other visits (this is the main one with links to prior years as well http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9742...), should give you an indication of what the place is like. If you want, you can always go to the search engine, plug in the name of the place and you’ll see what has been written in the past by others as well.
If there are new places we go to, there will be a full report if you care to read it. If something has changed in a place that we’ve liked in the past, I’ll address that as well. Speaking of which... we learned that one of our favorite places has changed hands. Fiorenza, one of the owners of Osteria Veglio, in Annunciata just below La Morra, has sold the place to two young couples. We haven’t tried it yet, but hope to in the next few weeks. Veglio was one of our favorites in the area and we’re going to miss Fiorenza as well as the wonderful food and atmosphere she created. She, and her osteria, were gems. Obviously, all our prior comments about Veglio are out of date and should be ignored.
My wife has several new places to try (that we hope pan out). Then, of course, we have a number of old favorites about which we’ve written extensively (as have henjef85, Johannabanana, jessicablock, among others who have written so well). For the new places, a complete write-up. For the old, this format.
There is some snow on the north slopes of the higher towns (e.g. Serravalle Langhe) and vineyards around La Morra. To show you how a very short distance can substantially change the climate of vineyards producing wine from the same grapes, you only have to look at the hazelnut trees. In the area between La Morra and Cherasco, the trees are totally bare. From La Morra to Grinzane Cavour the first buds are just appearing. From Grinzane Cavour east, the trees are in moderate bloom. 15 kilometers… it can be a totally different climate.
Very quiet here, not a tourist in sight. Friends who live in La Morra have said the region is gearing up for a huge year of Americans because of the strength of the dollar. At least that is what they are hoping and we hope they are right. This region of wonderful hardworking humble people needs the business.