Are you tired of buying the same red wine every time you have pizza or pasta at home? Consider trying a Barbera d’ Asti from Piedmont, a wine-growing region in northwestern Italy that borders Switzerland and France. Barbera d’Asti is classified as a Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG), Italy’s highest level of quality assurance. The barbera grape can produce versatile, easy-to-drink wines with bright fruit flavors and soft tannins. The high acidity of these wines make them a good match for entrèes with tomato sauce. Below are two examples from well-respected producers.
Michele Chiarlo 2015 Le Orme Barbera d’Asti, Italy
Bought • Total Wine, 90 Brentwood Promenade Court, in July for $12.29
Description • This lively Barbera d’Asti received 90 points from Wine Enthusiast and was listed among Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Value Wines. It’s a very quaffable wine that has a mouthwatering acidity that makes you want to keep taking another sip. Tasting of juicy berries and some spice, it’s soft, refreshing and has silky tannins. Light- to medium-bodied, this is a versatile red that would go with a variety of foods including white meat and vegetarian dishes.
Vietti 2015 Tre Vigne Barbera d’Asti, Italy
Bought • Total Wine, 90 Brentwood Promenade Court, in July for $15.29
Description • This barbera comes from the Vietti family, considered one of the leading winemakers of the grape. It’s a medium-bodied red that’s more robust than the Le Orme with greater complexity and slightly firmer tannins. Aged in oak for 14 months, this is an earthy, unfiltered red that tastes of red berries, spice and a touch of vanilla. Since it’s a bigger wine, it would go well with a hearty Bolognese sauce.