Kisses sweeter than wine

Let holiday romance blossom with Castello di Verduno’s Basadone


Anemoni in bloom outside the Castello di Verduno. The flower is featured on the label of "Basadone".

The lush Castello di Verduno estate is fortunate to possess some of Piedmont’s best growing sites. Indeed, when Gabriella Burlotto and Franco Bianco married they brought together two families each with rich histories of producing wines in the Langhe: the Burlotto family has long produced Barolo from some of the finest vineyards in Verduno, while the Bianco clan comes from Barbaresco, where they have holdings in the historic Rabaja and Faset crus.

The 18th century Castello di Verduno and its luscious garden have also functioned as a hotel and restaurant since 1953.

The 18th century Castello di Verduno and its luscious garden have also functioned as a hotel and restaurant since 1953.

Yet Castello di Verduno also produces wine from less internationally-renowned zones, including the tiny Verduno Pelaverga DOC, possibly Italy’s smallest appellation. It is here that winemaker Mario Andrion cultivates Pelaverga, a rare variety indigenous to the area around Verduno near Alba. The grape is believed to carry aphrodisiacal properties, hence the name Basadone or “baciadonne“, literally “lady kisser”.

basadoneThe wine spends three months in large botti, six months in stainless steel and an extra three months in bottle before its release. A floral and aromatic wine, delicately spicy and almost purple like velvet, Basadone is an excellent pairing for festive foods. Try it under the mistletoe at your next holiday party.

Verduno Pelaverga Basadone 2006 Castello di Verduno
was $25, now $22.50

Save 10% on bottles 1 through 11, 20% on twelve bottles or more.

For more information call 212-725-6516 or email

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3 Responses to Kisses sweeter than wine

  1. Do Bianchi says:

    I thought that only honey was sweeter than wine…

    seriously, I LOVE Basadone… and am bummed I haven’t tasted the current vintage…

  2. Do Bianchi says:

    p.s. wasn’t Basadone Frank Bruni’s Thanksgiving pick a few years ago in the Times?

  3. Vino NYC says:

    Yes it was, in ’06. Eric Asimov called it only natural that Frank Bruni should provide “the most arcane wine of the meal.”

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