During winter the vineyards are like scores of a concert just listened to or those which will come.
This is what the winemakers think of while bending over the pruning. The snow which slowly penetrates the terrain is a precious reserve of water from which the plants will be able to draw for months. The wine in the meantime rests in the cellars.
The velvet seats of the Alba theatre offer softness to the backsides of the noble and the less noble. In the fancy hotels, the saunas provide well being and give relief from the cold. In the starred restaurants
and taverns, gourmands and travelling salesmen look for typical dishes: finanziera, (organ meat piemontese dish) mixed fried appetizers piemontese style, rabbit stew, capons and mixed boiled meats, mature cheeses. Barbaresco and Barolo aerate in their goblets.