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Produttori del Barbaresco tasting with director Aldo Vacca

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For fans of Piedmontese wines and especially those of Produttori del Barbaresco, the tasting with Produttori’s director Aldo Vacca April 17 at the Wine House should be quite the event. Vacca doesn’t come to California all that often and you’ll find he is a delightful advocate for Barbaresco and all things Piedmontese.

The Italian winery is right next to the church in Barbaresco and during the harvest, the farmers unload the grapes right in front. A cooperative of 56 grapegrowers originally founded in 1894, the Produttori is that rare thing: a cooperative that values quality over quantity. The members also happen to own some of the top vineyards in Barbaresco, and the wines can stand with the best in the region.

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This is the chance to taste nine Produttori del Barbaresco crus from the 2005 and 2007 vintages, including Pora, Rio Sordo, Asili, Paje, Ovello and Montefico. Appetizers are included in the $45 price.

To reserve a place for the 7:30 p.m. tasting, contact the Wine House, 2311 Cotner Ave., Los Angeles; (310) 479-3731; (800) 626-9464; www.winehouse.com.

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