When learning about wine and especially about an unfamiliar or even a beloved region, a winemaker can give much-needed perspective. This Friday at 8:15 p.m., lovers of Nebbiolo and Piedmontese wines from northern Italy will get to hear what Barolo producer Luca Currado of Vietti has to say about Barolo and what's going on in Piedmont.
He'll be at the Wine House in West L.A. for a tasting from 8:15 to 9:15 p.m. He must be on a tight schedule, so it's essential to get there on time.
One of the region's top Barolo producers, Currado is a warm, down-to-earth talker, passionate about everything to do with the Langhe and his family's estate in the medieval town of Castiglione Falletto.
Be sure to ask him about the news that the vineyard landscape of Piedmont (Langhe-Roero and Monferrato) just became a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The cost for the tasting is $15, a bargain considering that participants will have the chance to taste through seven Vietti wines, including the 2011 Vietti Scarrone Barbera d'Alba ($35), one of my all-time favorite Barberas, along with two top-notch Barolos, the 2010 Vietti Barolo Castiglione ($45) and the 2010 Vietti Barolo Lazzarito ($160).
Vietti also produces one of the best Arneis, from the indigenous Piedmontese white grape ($25), which you'll get to taste as well. In all, the estate farms 25 single vineyards organically.
Cheese and charcuterie from the wine shop's bistro, Upstairs 2, will be served to accompany the wines.
Wine House, 2311 Cotner Ave., Los Angeles; (310) 479-3731; www.winehouse.com