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I had this pairing at my local wine shop by the same name: Pairings  in Winchester, Ma. USA.

This wine is elegant and I appreciated it because, unlike drinking a young wine, this wine made me stop and take some time. I heard Robert Parker say in an interview about wine/winemakers ” I don’t care that your family’s been making wine for X many years, I only care about what’s in the bottle”.

Well, I do care about the story as much as what’s in the bottle. If what’s in the bottle is no good, then I won’t continue to drink the wine.  If what’s in the bottle is delicious and stands out to my palate, then I enjoy researching the story behind the wine and the region, making it more meaningful. I don’t want to separate the two, nor do I want wines that taste the same no matter from where they’re grown.

Nebbiolo and truffle, what a classic!  Moliterno truffle cheese with 2009 Travaglini Gattinara, a red wine from Nebbiolo grapes. Smooth tannin, brick red/orange color, soft red and dark fruits, floral notes, good acidity and structure. This wine is sophisticated.

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The cheese was a Moliterno truffle cheese. I had some on a lightly toasted baguette. Each component of the wine and each component of the cheese shined through, complimenting one another but not competing, like any great relationship.

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From the winery’s website: “In Travaglini wines you can find the essence of the land and its traditions combined with technique and experience. In order to obtain wines of great quality, careful work is done first in the vineyard to achieve perfectly healthy and balanced grapes. During vinification, fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures, to preserve the aromatic profile of the grapes.

The required aging and fining is completed in the traditional manner, in two stages: first in large Slovenian oak barrels, followed by a shorter period of time in smaller oak barrels.

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Located in the heart of Gattinara, Travaglini was established in the 1920s by Clemente Travaglini. In 1958 Arturo Travaglini followed in his father’s footsteps and took over the helm at the winery. The family’s passion and commitment to winemaking has not diminished through the generations; Cinzia Travaglini, great-granddaughter of Clemente, managed day-to-day operations at winery. Her husband Massimo Collauto is the chief winemaker, a role he inherited from his late father- in-law and beloved mentor, Giancarlo Travaglini. Throughout the years, it has established itself in Travaglini Gattinara as the most esteemed producer of traditional, limited-production wines from the Nebbiolo grape.Travaglini wines illustrate the full range of expressions Nebbiolo can achieve.

Gattinara is found in Italy’s north-western Piedmont region.

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