Almost Wordless Wednesday: Grinzane Cavour

Grinzane Cavour

Grinzane Cavour

Greetings from Piemonte! This is the castle (and town) of Grinzane, where Count Camillo Benso di Cavour served as mayor for a time — his father bought him the castle since he needed a place to live — and also dabbled with winemaking, following the lead of the Marchesa di Barolo, who was engaged in developing one of the world’s finest reds (Barolo) at the time.

Count Cavour later said that he got his grasp of politics — this is the man who sent Piemontese troops to Crimea to gain the support of the English, and also managed to convince the French to join forces with the Piemontese to force the Austrohungarians to relinquish their hold on much of northern Italy, thus paving the way for the reunification of Italy under the House of Savoy — from his dealings with the farmers and townspeople of Grinzane. Grinzane later thanked him by changing its name to Grinzane Cavour.

His castle is now a fascinating museum, with an enoteca downstairs, and the vineyards he planted are still there, and still producing Barolo.

A great place to visit if you happen to be in Piemonte!

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Greetings from Piemonte! This is the castle (and town) of Grinzane, where Count Camillo Benso di Cavour served as mayor for a time — his father bought him the castle since he needed a place to live — and also dabbled with winemaking, following the lead of the Marchesa di Barolo, who was engaged in developing one of the world’s finest reds (Barolo) at the time.

Count Cavour later said that he got his grasp of politics — this is the man who sent Piemontese troops to Crimea to gain the support of the English, and also managed to convince the French to join forces with the Piemontese to force the Austrohungarians to relinquish their hold on much of northern Italy, thus paving the way for the reunification of Italy under the House of Savoy — from his dealings with the farmers and townspeople of Grinzane. Grinzane later thanked him by changing its name to Grinzane Cavour.

His castle is now a fascinating museum, with an enoteca downstairs, and the vineyards he planted are still there, and still producing Barolo.

A great place to visit if you happen to be in Piemonte!

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Author:Cosa Bolle in Pentola

Italy boasts an astonishing number of varietals, denominations, and wines, and tremendous changes are sweeping the land. New wines are being created, new DOCs are being introduced, and the existing denominations are overhauling their regulations both to reflect the practices adopted by their member wineries and to favor improvements in quality. Even the most staid and stolid region can flower seemingly overnight, emerging with exciting new wines and wineries that require rewriting the enological maps and rethinking one's positions. And, of course, recipes too, because cuisine and wine are closely intertwined and it's difficult to imagine one without the other.

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