After an intensely enthusiastic (if all too brief) stop in Beaune where the boeuf borguignon was kept company by beautiful Burgundian bottles, our next destinations were Barolo and Barbaresco in Piedmont, Italy. A mere 554 kms of highway, overpriced tolls, and very cool tunnels through the Alps brought us first to Turin and from there we went to the province of Cuneo to deepen our appreciation of the "Wine of the King" (Barolo) and "Wine of the Queen" (Barbaresco), made of 100% Nebbiolo grapes with complementary yet distinct features. A risotto al Barolo certainly gave the Burgundian repast a run for its money ... .
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