CLUB NEBB OVER THE YEARS
By the mid-90s it really crystallised in my mind that this Nebbiolo I was so taken with was way more than a passing craze for others too. Thinking that as much as people might love their Rieslings, Chardonnays, Shiraz and Cabs etc etc, they don’t actually form little sects – lunch clubs and the like – to sit around and compare and argue about line ups of them; or not quite in the way they do about Pinot Noir. It was clear that the only other grape to have this affect on wine nuts was Nebbiolo. Hence Club Nebb, formed in 1998, with a membership drawn from the thin-ish ranks of Nebb afficianados, mostly wine trade types, enlightened wine scribes and a few winemakers. Inaugural Patrons were co-opted, firstly from Australia, Prof. John Stocker amateur Nebb grower and then head of CSIRO. Our international Patron Angelo Gaja, agreed on the proviso that he “…didn’t have to do too much…” I, in turn, advised Ange this would be a good career move for him. In addition to the sheer brilliance of the grape itself, we had that added inspiration of Piedmont, the heartland of Nebbiolo. Eating and drinking well above the average is the makings of a good core proposition for such association, yes?