It's been quite a while since I've had a Dolcetto. Probably at least a year, as crazy as that sounds. This was $20 at Whole Foods--fucking expensive. That's one thing that drives me nuts about Whole Foods' wine selection. I would argue that I've never been able to secure a good deal there (I would argue Bristol Farms is worse in this regard). This is mainly a function of their mark-up, which is excessive. I can regale you with tales of bottles that you can get elsewhere for 20 or 30% less, but really, what's the point. Of course, if you want to buy 12 bottles, they'll give you 20% off, or discount the price to what they should be charging anyways. But I don't think that they have a selection of wines there that merits 12 bottles to purchase at once--so it's a catch 22. Where Whole Foods shines is if you need to get something good on the fly and the extra $5 or so (in this case, at least), is worth it instead of having to drop in somewhere else. I was bummed out that they didn't have a single Barbera from Italy (but they had a Dolcetto? That's like having chocolate ice cream and not having vanilla...). The only Barbera was from Stoplman Vineyards. I wasn't going to grab that. They also only had one Beaujolais. One. WTF. It is clear that the Whole Foods wine-purchasing crowd would prefer to drink the same dreck that most consumers drink...albeit at more expensive prices and from better producers. But--they did have this, and I have heard good things about Massolino, so I figured what the hell.
Sarah and I drank this with clams in red sauce (at our hearts, we are Guido's I guess, wishing that we were born in Brooklyn or Little Italy in the 40's or 50's), which happened to be delicious. It's delicious, with lots of chocolate covered cherries, plums, violets, and hints of earth. Smooth, suave, and well balanced. Definitely Dolcetto from a talented maker that has tamed the rusticity of Dolcetto. It's almost like a grown-up version of Dolcetto. If this were $15 somewhere locally I would go grab a couple more bottles. It's really superb and well done. A
It was our annual Christmas celebration before she gets on the plane to go home before Christmas. This year, she got her present early--we got engaged. (And she got one enormous ring from me...let's just say that it would easily keep me in good bottles of wine for a couple of years, maybe more.) She gave me some cool stuff, but the two things I'm most excited about are the Scuola di Pizza at Mozza!!! and the children's books This is Rome and This is Paris (written in 1959 by Miroslav Sasek, they are really cool). Why Paris? We decided that we're going to go to Paris and Switzerland March 8th-25th...our tickets were super cheap too. A little over 600$ each--less than it cost to go to Rome. I'm really excited--I haven't been to Paris since 2000, and I've never been to Switzerland. Sarah hasn't been to Paris since she was 5--Madeleine's age. If anyone has suggestions of where to eat, especially in Switzerland, let me know. I'd really appreciate it.