Barbera was once known as ‘The People’s Wine’ as it was widely planted, pretty affordable, easy to drink and a favourite on the tables of the Piemontese to wash down with the amazing local cuisine!
These days Barbera has had a huge uptick in quality and Barbera d’Alba (from the town of…Alba) is best known for its ability to age well. Wines labelled as Barbera d’Alba must have at least 85% Barbera grape with often anything from 10-15% of Nebbiolo.
Medium to full bodied, dry reds known for their tangy, cherry like flavours Barbera is typically ruby red in its younger years and becoming dark and richer as it ages. If you’re the adventurous wine drinking type then a stop at Barbera d’Alba on your travels is well worth your time!
Bit of a novice when it comes to Italian wine labels? That’s cool, we’ll break it down for you…
Giordano – the name of the winery
Barbera – the grape
d’Alba – the town in Piedmont, north-west Italy
DOC – Denominazione di Origine Controllata is the second level of a four tier Italian wine classification system (DOCG, DOC, IGP/IGT and finally Vino da Tavola, table wine or as we call it…plonk for plonkers!)
Looking for the perfect food match for this one? Do what the locals do and pair with Bolliti – a local stew with sausages, semi matured cheese and gorgonzola.