#039 – Alan Tardi: All About Prosecco: DOCG, DOC, & More

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It’s December, so it’s the perfect time to talk about Prosecco – and there’s no better person to talk to about this bubbly treat than Alan Tardi (who you may remember from our bonus episode on National Champagne Day). The world of Prosecco isn’t quite as well known as Champagne – yet – but that doesn’t negate the quality, deliciousness, or history of this delectable drink.

 

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Alan has some pretty impressive accolades: he’s a chef, restauranteur, food & wine journalist, author, and ambassador to the area of the DOC and the DOCG (which you will learn all about in this episode). His recent book, Champagne, Uncorked: The House of Krug and the Timeless Allure of the World’s Most Celebrated Drink, won a Gourmand Best in the World Award, and his first book, Romancing the Vine, won a James Beard Award for Best Wine and Spirits Book.

 

We’d also like to offer a special THANK YOU to Stefanie Schwalb and Kelsey Foley from Gregory White PR,  Producer Bortolomiol for the “Canto Fermo” Tranquillo Tasting and Producer Malibrán for the “Credamora” col fondo tasting.

 

We also discuss:

  • What it means to be Prosecco DOC or Prosecco DOCG
  • The nuances of Prosecco grape types
  • The geography of Northern Italy
  • The people who make Prosecco

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Alan Tardi’s Bio:

Alan Tardi first became interested in wine through food, working as a cook (with David Waltuck at Chanterelle and Jean-Georges Vongerichten at Lafayette), chef (Le Madri), and chef-owner (Follonico) in New York City. As a freelance food and wine journalist, Tardi has authored numerous articles for publications including The New York Times, Wine & Spirits Magazine, The Wine Spectator, Decanter, Food Arts and Sommelier Journal.

 

In 2003, Alan moved to the village of Castiglione Falletto in the Barolo region of Piedmont, Italy, where he spent several years working in the surrounding vineyards and wineries through all phases of the growing and production process. This lead to his first book, ‘Romancing the Vine: Life, Love and Transformation in the Vineyards of Barolo’ (St Martins Press, 2006), which won a James Beard Award for Best Wine and Spirits Book of 2006.

 

From 2009 to 2014 Tardi managed the Cantina Comunale of Castiglione Falletto and in 2015 he became the first-ever US Ambassador of Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOCG. His new book, “Champagne, Uncorked: The House of Krug and the Timeless Allure of the World’s Most Celebrated Drink” (Hachette 2016) recently won a Gourmand Best in the World Award.

 

When not traveling to some other wine destination, Alan divides his time between New York and Castiglione Falletto.