Why is it that some people can turn success into failure, and in short order, while others manage to be successful in every endeavor and with everything they touch? And why do some people appear to posess all the talent, while others wouldn't recognize basic ability, let alone true talent, if it slammed them up one side of the head and down the other? Well, to be perfectly honest, we don't know why life seems to be so partial, but we do know extra ordinary people when we see them, and Giovanni Almondo is indeed one of the extra ordinary people in this world - a man with a genuine Midas touch. A graduate of the University of Turin with a doctorate in agronomy, Giovanni Almondo has no trouble juggling the passions in his life: cultivating his vineyards and running his cellars, while pursuing a career in public administration and acting as the mayor of Monta d'Alba in the Roero district of Piemonte. Perhaps, Almondo's cellars are more than a clue to his success: everything is orderly and spotless, and precise rows of stainless steel fermenters and small oak barrels fall carefully in place. This well-tended estate produces a first rate Barbera d'Alba and two different styles of Arneis, for which it has become justly famous. Almondo produces a fine entry level Arneis called Vigne Sparse. It is assembled from grapes that hail from a variety of vineyards and is fermented exclusively in stainless steel. However, as enjoyable as Vigne Sparse can be, Giovanni Almondo's top wine is the Bricco delle Ciliegie Arneis, which comes from the estate's finest vineyard, high on a hill in Monta d'Alba above the entire Roero. Warmed by the morning sun but shielded from the excessive summer heat of Piemonte, Bricco delle Ciliegie consistently provides grapes of superior quality, a third of which are fermented in barrels to increase structure and complexity. And because luck has very little to do with quality, is there any further reason to wonder why Giovanni Almondo produces one of the finest of all Arneis, a Piemontese specialty?