FOLLOW THAT SOMM: Jeff Porter on Nebbiolo: Barbaresco and Barolo

 

Sometimes, you want a food and wine pairing to feel like a warm cozy hug. What does Jeff Porter consider to be the “snuggie” of wine pairings? Join Jeff and Carole Mac to learn about Nebbiolo, the beloved grape behind Northern Italy’s Barbaresco and Barolo, and what Jeff calls “the greatest red wine on earth.”

 

At the time of this video, Jeff oversaw Beverage Operations for the Bastianich Hospitality Group’s more than 20 restaurants, from Eataly NYC to Casa Mono to their flagship, Del Posto, which received a rare four-star review from the New York Times. These days, Jeff is consulting for various restaurants and is the host of Sip Trip Italy, a new show that follows Jeff and friends on a journey through Italy, where they explore its vineyards, producers, wines, and terroir.

 

In this episode of FOLLOW THAT SOMM, Jeff celebrates Nebbiolo, which tends to be light in color with firm tannins, high acidity, and beautiful aromatics. Watch as Jeff shows us the difference between a juicy tannic Barbaresco (2004 Paitin di Pasquero-Elia ‘Sori Paitin’, Barbaresco DOCG), and a smooth refined Barolo (2003 Brovia Villero, Barolo DOCG); each showcasing Nebbiolo’s quintessential ethereal aromas.

 

Discover what to pair with these incredible wines and see why Del Posto’s Executive Chef Melissa Rodriguez’s unctuous porcini mushroom and braised pork shoulder pasta tasted with the 2003 Brovia Villero Barolo makes us all want to slip into a snuggie. Like the perfect meal should, it will make you feel deeply satisfied and snug.

 

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