Bartolo Mascarello in Austin, Texas! MIRACLES DO HAPPEN!

Baby P 2013 update: no developments, no news. Just waiting. Monday is the official due date (and we have an ob/gyn appointment Monday morning)… Any Texan familiar with the way Bartolo Mascarello’s wines were previously distributed in the U.S. will join me in rejoicing: Bartolo Mascarello’s wines are now available in the Lone Star State! […]

Bartolo Mascarello imported by Rare Wine Co. GREAT NEWS!

Above: In November of last year, Giovanni and I visited the village of Barolo and had lunch with Maria Teresa Mascarello, Bartolo Mascarello’s daughter and winemaker at Cantina Bartolo Mascarello. Doug Polaner actually tweeted about this about a month ago but it’s now official: Rare Wine Co. in Sonoma has become Bartolo Mascarello’s U.S. importer. […]

Maria Teresa Mascarello speaks Barolo

Of all the Italian appellations, Barolo is among the easiest to pronounce. But when Giovanni and I visited the home of Maria Teresa Mascarello and David Berry Green (“l’inglese”) in November of last year, I couldn’t resist asking her to pose for my video camera. Above: Leftist salame is served in the Mascarello home. Hers […]

Lunch at home with Maria Teresa Mascarello

One of the highlights of my November trip to Italy was a lunchtime visit Giovanni and I made to the home of Maria Teresa Mascarello in the village of Barolo. That’s the gardiniera (above) her cousin made her. It was topped with hard-boiled egg wedges and crumbled olive oil-cured tuna. The combination of textures was […]

98 & 03 B. Mascarello, 85 Tignanello, 90 Quintarelli Recioto Riserva @TonyVallone

Where do we go from here? When my friend and client Tony Vallone opened last Thursday’s dinner (at Tony’s in Houston) with 1998 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo, I wondered how the subsequent wines could possibly compete with such a stellar entry. Tony paired this extraordinary bottle with a porcini mushroom risotto, made with Acquerello rice and […]