Barolo & Rhone
THE RHONE Valley is separated into two different large areas that each produce different styles of wine: Northern Rhône and Southern Rhône. The Northern Rhône makes red wines based on Syrah and the whites are either 100% Viognier (from Condrieu or Château Grillet) or can be a blend of Marsanne and/or Roussanne. The Southern Rhône makes wines that are typically more blended, but the base for the reds is usually Grenache. The base for the whites can be blended as well, but often is based on either Grenache Blanc or Roussanne.
BAROLO is a red wine produced in the Piedmont region of Italy. The wines are made from Nebbiolo, a small, thin skinned red grape varietal generally high in acid and tannins. In Piedmont, Nebbiolo is one of the first varietals to undergo budbreak and last to be picked, with harvest generally taking place in late October. Barolo wines must be solely composed of Nebbiolo, no exceptions.