Monday, May 30, 2016

What To Do In Fossano

Most of my blog is dedicated to the beautiful and world-famous area where I work, the nearby Langhe. But I feel like my own town deserves some props and attention because I love living here! I have lived in a few surrounding towns which were much more lively, especially when it comes to nightlife. In fact, let's just say I was not so thrilled about moving back to my husband's birthplace but I am now proud to call this my home. Our move here luckily coincided with the election of the new young mayor, Sordella who has positively shaken things up a bit. I have heard that in towns like Alba, all you hear are foreign languages now on weekends, even in the grocery stores. Nothing wrong with that, but I kind of like being in a REAL residential feeling Italian town, like I am really living the authentic lifestyle. Hardly anyone even speaks English here in the shops so you have to be adventurous! So if you are lucky to be staying in Fossano here are some of my suggestions.



Simply called the "Viale" by the locals, Viale Mellano is the perfect path for a relaxing walk. You can start at the end of Via Roma where the ugly rusty modern sculpture and wannabe Louvre glass cube is. Not everything can be pretty! The pedestrian road takes you by some of the most beautiful villas and gardens in town. On the other side you can see a view of the river, Alps and Langhe wine country in the distance. If you are a sun worshiper like me, I suggest going in the mornings when it gets very warm because it is mostly covered by shade in the late afternoons. You will find elderly people sitting on the benches (so Italian!), groups of friends catching up on life, and lots of mothers walking their babies and stopping at the fun play equipment for the kids. If you are skilled enough, you can leave your cell phone and watch behind, and track the time with the old sundials placed on the path. After a nice walk on the Viale, what better relief than finding a gelato shop at the end! You can stop there for a coffee or a sweet treat and continue on the tree lined sidewalk until you get to a fantastic park full of playgrounds, bocce ball courts, public bathrooms (eww gross but sometimes necessary), and small ponds where you can find ducks and turtles soaking up the sun. If the park doesn't interest you, you can keep going until you get to the other end of Via Roma for some shopping! The whole loop is about 2 km.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

I Got Lucky! Elvio Cogno Winery

It wasn't until a good friend of mine started working at this winery, did I have the chance to finally visit. Elvio Cogno is one of the most selective cellars to visit but definitely worth it!

View of Novello castle and town from Elvio Cogno

Located in the sleepy Barolo producing village of Novello, they are THE name there when it comes to Barolo. Not only are they known for Nebbiolo, but even more so for their white wine, Nascetta! Valter, owner and winemaker, was a fundamental player in bringing this Langhe native white varietal back to life. Read more about Nascetta on one of my previous posts here.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Presentation of the New 2012 Barolos and 2013 Barbarescos!

Vinitaly, one of the world's largest and most important wine fairs is right around the corner. With this event, the new vintages are normally officially presented to the world. However, there is a smaller and more focused event in Torino, held by the Italian Sommelier Association called BAeBA where you can taste a real preview of the new vintages for just Barolo and Barbaresco. Sipping Barolo in the stunning Palace of Carignano was just spectacular. The Baroque Palazzo was constructed in 1679 and was the birthplace to Italy's first king, Vittorio Emmanuel II. During Italy's unification period in the mid 1800s, this building was used as the House of Deputies of the Subalpine Parliament. It was the first time I had been inside and it was indeed impressive.

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