March Wine of the Month
Along with cooler than normal temperatures, March has proven to be very busy, which leaves me craving cozy red wines that pair with busy days (aka more takeout dinners). Thus, Barbera from Piedmont is my wine of the month. While Piedmont is usually known for their outstanding Barolos and Barbarescos made from the Nebbiolo grape, Barbera is the everyday table wine from Piedmont made from Barbera grapes. These wines are dry, medium body with vibrant notes of red cherry and plum. They have soft tannins and bright acidity, which make them approachable and ideal for pairing with food, especially pizza. I’ve also paired it with everything from spaghetti squash and turkey meatballs, grilled caprese sandwich and spring vegetable risotto.
Vietti Barbera d’Asti, can be found in most markets and usually hovers around $20 or less per bottle. Barbera d’ Asti is made from grapes grown around the town of Asti in the Piedmont region. While there are many good quality Barberas on the market, the best quality tend to come from Asti as well as its smaller sub-region, Nizza.
Grab a bottle to pair with your next relaxing pizza night at home!