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And the bloggers trickle in…

March 7, 2010

Jaynes and oenologic arrived in Asti earlier today. Bigger Than Your Head and Do Bianchi met up at Malpensa this afternoon and shared a car in.

Worcester Sauce has been here since early this morning and beat the rest of us to the punch with this post on his lunch and afternoon in sleepy Sunday Asti.

Saignée missed his connection at Heathrow. Seems he only had 10 minutes to make his flight and as Pameladevi pointed out on Facebook, “10 mins isn’t enough time to get to the nearest restroom in Heathrow airport…” But Saignée’s just fine and he’ll be arriving later tonight…

Brunellos Have More Fun should be here any minute.

We’re meeting up for an aperitivo before heading over to meet Reflections on Wine for pizza at a pizzeria he’s been raving about.

I’m feeling blogilicious already! More later…

—Do Bianchi


La Stampa: “The bloggers have landed!”

March 6, 2010

Above: The Torino local edition of La Stampa published this article today on Barbera Meeting 2010 and the novelty of having a group of American bloggers present. Click image for a PDF of the article or become a fan of Barbera Meeting on Facebook for the whole text.

There was an inherent dichotomy drawn in the opening line of an article published today in the Turin edition of the Italian national daily La Stampa. “The blogger-tasters have landed,” read the title, “and live wine scoring has arrived.”

Gone are the “excellent palates” and their insiders-only tastings, wrote journalist Fiammetta Mussio in the opening line: “Goodbye to tastings attended by excellent palates and ‘trials’ behind closed-doors. The bloggers have arrived in the Barbera vineyards.” It would seem that the latter, according to Ms. Mussio, precludes the former.

The department of shameless self-promotion informs me that I should be thrilled to hear myself called “una delle ‘penne’ vinicole più pungenti d’America” (“one of the most pungent wine ‘plumes’ in America”). I wonder if that means I stink. Or perhaps it means that my writing stings its subject matter. Either way I’m flattered.

As hard as it was to say goodbye to Tracie P (not a month since our return from our honeymoon and just a few weeks after our move into our new home together), I am truly excited to think that the trip and adventure that lie ahead of our group of American wine bloggers are being treated a something of a novelty in Italy. The organizers of the event and our sponsors have told me that this is the first time American wine bloggers have been invited to an event of this size and importance in this capacity: we’ll be blogging the tasting is quasi-real-time.

Writing from the Austin airport… more once I arrive in Europe…

—Do Bianchi


Tags, Tweets, Flickr, and Facebook

March 6, 2010

Please don’t forget the Barbera Meeting hashtags for Twitter:



The Flickr tag is


And please become a Barbera Meeting fan on Facebook… See you in Asti!


Barbera Boys (and Girls) and Barbera news…

March 3, 2010

Photo by Asti photographer Giulio Morra.

One of our favorite American wine bloggers, McDuff’s Food and Wine Trail, has dubbed our merry band the “Barbera Boys (and Girls).” Thanks McDuff for the shout out and link love: we’re looking forward to your Barbera post over here at

McDuff is SO right on about Barbera when he says, “One of the great things about Barbera is that it need not be profound to be eminently versatile and enjoyable.” Blog (and rock) on McDuff!

In other news…

The complete list of participating producers is available here (click to download PDF version).

The official tasting site is now live: please check it out and become a fan on Facebook and share your thoughts on Barbera.

Stay tuned… the adventure begins shortly…


Barbera Meeting 2010 Twitter hashtag

February 25, 2010

FYI BTW for all you Tweeters out there, the hashtag is #Barbera2010.

Thanks, Wine Camp, for the RT!