Bruno Giacosa is a famously taciturn Barolo traditionalist who makes wines as elegant and restrained as he is. As many Italian winemakers are, Bruno is an iconoclast who has a profound vision and pursues it, mystifying some and delighting many more with his remarkable, heady Barolos and Barbarescos. As much as Giacosa has made his reputation on his collectable wines, he doesn't stop there. He also makes traditional versions of Piemonte's less famous indigenous grapes: Barbera, Dolcetto and Arneis. Italians--even those who make Barolo and Barbaresco--don't drink serious wines every night of the week, and these grapes fill in that gap.
I'm very proud to bring you eight different bottles of these everyday Giacosa bottlings. Five come from his Casa Vinicola Giacosa venture, where he sources grapes from farmers to make delicious everyday bottles. These Casa Vinicola Giacosa label Dolcetto, Barbera, Roero Arneis, Nebbiolo and Spumante bottles are simple, delicious, beautiful wines. The other three Giacosa wines are estate-grown Barbera and Dolcetto, and they are as rich, intense and complex as you'd expect. All eight of these wines are gorgeous, and I'm delighted to put them on your table.
If your life is anything like mine, you're in the middle of the holiday swing, going from party to party. Here's my advice: don't sacrifice the joy of this special season to its stress. Slow down, sip some wine, talk with friends, and enjoy this time of the year when we think about others more than we think about ourselves. Share a bottle--maybe the Cupano 2010 Rosso below--and a story with someone you love, and let the warmth of the holidays carry you into the new year!