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THE ADVOCATE V O L . 7 5 P A R T 1 J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 7 63 THE WINE COLUMN VOL. 75 PART 1 JANUARY 2017 By Bruno De Vita, Q.C., and Paul Daykin, Q.C.* THE “THREE B’S” OF PIEMONTE: BAROLO, BARBARESCO AND BARBERA Nestled in the northwestern corner of the Italian peninsula is the region of Piemonte. Translated literally, Piemonte means “at the foot of the mountains”. In the shadow of those mountains—the Alps—lies one of the most stunningly beautiful wine regions in Italy. Type the words, “Piemonte in autumn” into a Google Images search and you will see what we mean. At vintage time, the rolling vines turn to colours of copper, auburn and gold, extending from hilltop to hilltop against the backdrop of bucolic emerald forest and the rugged and snow-covered Alpine peaks. The region’s visual delights alone will beckon you, but the tastes of Piemonte are even more alluring. Piemonte is the Italian region closest to France, so it is not surprising that its people take their wine very seriously. It is home to two of the great wines of Italy, Barbaresco and Barolo, the latter of which is known by its admirers * Bruno De Vita, Q.C., and Paul Daykin, Q.C., are guest columnists serving at the pleasure of this column’s regular contributor, Michael Welsh. Bruno is managing partner of Alexander Holburn LLP, where he dispenses fine wine and sage advice with his usual measure of good humour. Paul is a partner of the family law boutique Aaron Gordon Daykin Nordlinger LLP, and after a long day spent reassuring anxious clients is often in need of a fine glass of wine.


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