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PARADOXPLACE PIEMONTE* GALLERIES

( * Anglicized as Piedmont )

 

IL BUONGUSTAIO PARADOX  D.O.C.G.

in Alba and the Langhe Hills (il paradiso dei buongustai) for White Truffles (Tartufi), Ferrero Chocolate, the Best Wines in Italy and the Vineyards where they come from

 

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Alba in October 2007

 

 

Alba in October 2006 .......

 

 

Warming up the Senses of Smell - Round One - Tartufo Bianco (and Rabbit) in Alba

 

Warming up - Round Two - A degustation lunch experience to remember

 

 

Saturday at the Indoor Alba Tartufo Bianco Market

 

 

Sunday at the Alba Truffle & Food Festival - 1

 

 

Sunday at the Alba Truffle & Food Festival - 2

 

 

Sunday at the Alba Truffle & Food Festival - 3

 

 

Evening sun in the Vineyards around Barbaresco

 

 

A happy Italian Day in Mango (with lunch)

 

 

Alba in November (2006) Sunshine and a Truffle for England

 

 

 

Mid October 2006 - The road north from Savona to Alba goes along dramatic ridges in the foothills of the Southern Alps - and the blue skies disappear as we head into Piemonte (called Piedmont in English)

 

 

 

 

Actually these pages are about a particular part of Piemonte, Alba (il paradiso dei buongustai), and some of the towns, food and wine in the beautiful Langhe Hills (the first part of the Apennine range which travels east from here then south, forming the spine of Italy) which surround it.  The better known wines (the reds, often based on the local Nebbiolo grape) include Barolo (below - SW of Alba), Barbaresco, Barbara d'Alba, Dolcetto d'Alba, Dolcetto di Dogliani, Moscato di Mango, Nebbiolo d'Alba, and, a little bit further north east, Asti Spumante.  And don't forget Neive and its famous grappa!

 

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2007

 

 

 

 

2007 - Sunshine and a couple of new restaurants greet our 2007 return

 

 

 

 

 

 

2006

 

 

The mist and rain close in again on day one of our first (2006) visit, after the sun has had a couple of brief attempts to shine on Alba's medieval towers.  A local volunteers the information that New Zealanders feel very at home here.

 

 

For lovers of fine chocolate, Alba was where Pietro Ferrero set up a chocolate business (now Ferrero Rocher) in 1946.   The plentiful supplies of hazelnuts in the region led seamlessly to Nutella, and a not so seamless corporate move led to Tic Tacs.

 

 

Warming up the Senses of Smell - Round One - Tartufo Bianco (and Rabbit) in Alba

 

 

Warming up - Round Two - wet foggy weather leads to a degustation lunch experience to remember for a long time

 

 

Saturday at the Alba Tartufo Bianco Market

 

 

Sunday at the Alba Truffle Festival - 1

 

 

Sunday at the Alba Truffle Festival - 2

 

 

Sunday at the Alba Truffle Festival - 3

 

 

Saturday Evening Sun in the Vineyards around Barbaresco

 

 

Link to a happy Italian Day in Mango (with lunch)

 

 

Jumping forwards in time by a month, it was a beautiful November afternoon when we successfully road tested Alba as our new overnighter on the way from Tuscany to Burgundy - and stocked up on truffles (well, a truffle) on the way through.

 

Back to Alba in November 2006, a Truffle for England, and

the Hotel I Castelli (Alba)

 

 

 

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Link to "The World of Piedmont"

 

 

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