WCC Barolo and Barbaresco Blind Dinner
@ The Chef's Table in Café Capriccio,
Albany, NY (11/17/2022)

My Albany group met in the private dining room (aka The Chef's Table) in Café Capriccio to taste ten Barolos and one Barbaresco. The wines were blind to the group, but not to me since I had organized the flights.

Chef/Owner Jim Rua prepared a fabulous meal in his open kitchen. Those who know the Capital District dining scene know that Jim Rua has run Café Capriccio as one of the very best restaurants for almost four decades. Dinner started around 7:30 and ended around 10pm.

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Chef/Owner Jim Rua sets up our first course:

Flight 1.
This was a feast of a first course: Crispy Duck, Pecorino Gran Mugello from Il Palagiaccio on Grilled Bread with EVOO (see below), Yellow Pepper Stuffed with Homemade Duck Sausage, Beans & Greens with Homemade Turkey & Chicken Sausage, Frittata of Quail Eggs & Sardinian Pecorino with Black Summer Truffle, Arugula.

Fattoria Volmiano EVOO from Marchesi Gondi.

Flight 2.
Ragu of Veal with Locally Foraged Mushrooms, Leeks, Carrots, Celery, White Wine, Veal Stock, Homemade Farfalle.
This was so delicious.

Jim tells us about the next course: Nice shot by Jared of the next course being served:

Flight 3.
Lamb Osso Buco, Saffron Risotto (made with chicken broth), Green Beans.
So good. And perfect with the bigger wines from Serralunga.

Housemade Flourless Chocolate Cake.
This was as good as it looks. (2nd photo by Jared.)


No bad bottles and a lot of very good ones! And lots of great food. Many thanks to Jim Rua and his staff.

WOTN Voting (3pts each for #1, 2pts for #2, 1pt for #3)

1181990 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Riserva Falletto
2111967 Prunotto Barbaresco Riserva
3(tie)61982 Podere Rocche dei Manzoni Barolo Riserva
3(tie)62001 Elio Grasso Barolo Gavarini Chiniera
3(tie)61990 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo
6(tie)41967 Giacomo Conterno Barolo
6(tie)41990 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia
8(tie)31967 Luigi Calissano Barolo Riserva Speciale
8(tie)31988 Roberto Voerzio Barolo Cerequio
8(tie)31993 Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric dël Fiasc
1122000 Elio Grasso Barolo Gavarini Chiniera

People Pix

One from Jared:

My tasting notes posted from CellarTracker.


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