#NWTW Week 4: Italian Barbera

Here we are at week 4 already!

So we’ve gone for a couple of new world (roughly speaking that means non-european) wines so far, and one from the old world.  We’ve had a couple of whites, and just the one red.  So just to even it all up it’s an old world red, and this week I’ve chosen a grape variety called Barbera from Italy.

Barbera as a grape is grown in the north west of Italy in a region called Piemonte.  Any of you who know your maps know this is right up in the top left, with Torino as the region’s capital.

Piemonte is arguably more famous for its two standout red wine exports of Barolo and Barberesco, both made by the Nebbiolo grape variety.  But if Nebbiolo is where the money is, then Barbera is where the heart and soul is.  It’s made in a range of styles from everyday table wine to some pricey premium efforts, but it’s an absolute must try for anyone who likes their Italian reds.

There’s plenty of choice on the shelves, but I’ve picked a few here that I think will be well worth a try:

Majestic Wine
Barbera d’Alba Sucule, 2010, “Lo Zoccolaio”
£8.99 each if you buy two bottles

Morrison’s
Nostro Meglio, Barbera d’Asti, Superiore, 2009
£9.79

Sainsbury’s
Sainsbury’s Barbera D’Asti, Taste The Difference, 2012
£6.99

Now I’ve had “Lo Zoccolaio” before and absolutely loved it, and that’s why I have to recommend it to you guys.  If you’ve never had it then please go for this one, it’s a cracker for the money.

However, just to drink something I’ve had before defeats the whole purpose of New Wine This Week, so I’m going to brave the ridiculous stacking system and go for the pick from Morrison’s.

Should only take me an hour to find it on the shelves.

Cheers


10 thoughts on “#NWTW Week 4: Italian Barbera

  1. I picked up a bottle of M&S Barbera D’Asti to enjoy for Wine Wednesday and reckon it will become a #winewednesday staple!

    Quite an intense nose of sour red cherries and violets with just a tiny hint of sweet vanilla – nicely intense and highly enticing. Delightfully light on the palate with the sour red cherries and slight bitterness of cranberries shining through. Very bright acidity and just enough tannin to make it interesting. The finish isn’t particularly long but it isn’t an expensive treat; highly enjoyable midweek wine in my book.

  2. I had the Morrison’s effort on Tuesday night. Slightly disappointing. The smell was really weak no matter how long I gave it. I got the light cherry, and to an extent a touch of smokiness from the barrels, but overall that was a bit of a downer.

    To be fair though, it was really well balanced, smooth and drinkable. But the lack of a pronounced flavour was a problem for me. Think I’m off to Majestic for the Zoccolaio before the week’s out…

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