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Flexible Italian Red Wines from Barbera D’Asti

Albera is the ancient name for Barbera, the classic red grape of Piemonte’s Asti region, or Piedmont. Barbera is a dark-skinned wine grape variety found in Italy renowned for its deep color, low tannins, and high levels of acid, and its best known appellation is none other than the DOCG Barbera d’Asti. It’s the third most planted grape in Italy after Sangiovese and Montepulciano. This week, we’re featuring two versatile Barbera D’Asti wines that are especially superb when paired with wintery roast meat dishes.  

Cantine Povero Barbera D’Asti
Producer: Cantine Povero
Varietal: 100% Barbera
Region: Piedmont, Italy
Price: $7.99

If you’re looking for a highly flexible red wine, the Cantine Povero Barbera D’Asti is it. Its scent is rich and fruity with excellent body. The flavor is dry, warm, and has intense notes of peaches to start, followed by sensations of liquorice and spices. Pour with a hearty meat-centric meal.

Araldica Barbera D’Asti
Producer: Araldica
Varietal: 100% Barbera
Region: Piedmont, Italy
Price: $10.99

The perfect accompaniment to roast meats, game, and cheeses, this wine is produced from established Italian vineyards and aged in oak casks. Bright ruby red with violet notes, it boasts a warm, smoky aroma that couples with rich flavors of blackberry and cherry fruits. The medium body and plush mouthfeel make it a lovely dinner wine in the heart of winter.

By: CV, The Wine Guy

CV, The Wine GuyCV is our resident wine guy and our newest cheese specialist. And he’s here to give you generous, succinct, friendly advice on wines (and cheese). CV is quick to say that he’s not a wine “expert” — he’s not the person to go to for fancy terminology — but he does know wine, and approaches it with robust energy and a desire to match wine with people, food, and experiences.