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Celebrate Mother’s Day

With Mother/Daughter team of Anna and Valentina Abbona, owners of the historic Marchesi di Barolo winery in Piedmont

Thursday, May 6th, 2021

1 pm – 2 pm EST $25

Led by Dame Marika Vida-Arnold, learn the history of one of the most storied cellars of Barolo, Marchesi di Barolo.

About this Event

Thanks to a woman—the Marchesa di Barolo, Giulia Falletti—Barolo became famous in the early 1800’s and today, the tradition is carried on by Anna and daughter Valentina Abbona, the current owners of the famed winery.

Taste with us virtually! Their chef has created food pairings that will take us through the cuisine of Piemonte, matched to these highly rated wines: Roero Arneis, Barbera d’Alba Peiragal, Langhe Nebbiolo Sbirolo and Barolo del Commune di Barolo. If you would like to taste along, the wines can be found at reservebar.com. At the end there will be a raffle to win a bottle of Marchesi di Barolo Wine. Must be over 21 to participate in this event.


Co Chairs Dames co-chairs are Dame Francine Kowalsky & Dame Marika Vida-Arnold

Marika Vida-Arnold
Francine Kowalsky


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