GrignolinoI have discovered a new appreciation for Grignolino (pronounced “green-yo-lee-no”) lately.  I found this bottle of 100% Grignolino d’Asti from Agostino Pavia & Figli at K&L Wine Merchants in Hollywood the other day.  It’s juicy, fresh and so easy to drink with just about anything.  When I went online to do a little research about the grape, I found this awesome article by Patricia Thomson where she recalls a conversation with Rafaella di Bolgona, of Braida di Giacomo Bolgona winery about Grignolino.

Rafaella recalls how difficult a grape it is to grow and to vinify. Rafaella quotes,  “I confess, Grignolino is the only wine I cried over. When I started as a winemaker, I didn’t understand it.”

She stresses that “Grignolino, like Nebbiolo, was a grape of nobility”.  I love how proud Italians are of their own local heritage and histories.  It is a beautiful thing to honor these ancient grapes, because they are an integral part of Italy’s culture and ancestry.

Grignolino: affordable, drinkable, geeky and delicious.



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  1. Geoff

    Joanie, if you enjoyed this Grignolino, you must get the 2011 Montalbera “Grigne” Grignolino d’Asti DOC. It has great acidity, well structured tannins and is extremely versatile (not to mention, drinkable). Lance just put it out on the floor at The Winehouse.


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