Thirsty Thursday- Barbera d’Asti Pico Maccario Lavignone 2008

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New find: Barbera d’Asti
Thought  I would switch it up a little. Instead of having a big Italian red, I decided to go for something just a little bit sublime and found this lovely Italian Barbera.
What is Barbera: Italy’s most widley planted grape varietal excels in the Asti and Alba regions of Piedmont. This wine is very staright forward and easy drinking. Italians usally say this is an easy wine to drink and not to be made a fuss over unlike a rich Amrone or Brunello. After drinking this Barbera, I agree “no fuss, no must”. Just an easy wine to drink.
Recently I had a glass of this Barbera  at a great Italian restaurant in Princeton, New Jersey.  In the glass there was a faint bouquet of dark fruit with slight tannins. My no means not an over bearing,powerful wine. A light bodied red wine just perfect with any lighly based tomato dish. Perfect with a great pizza or pasta dish.
Nota bene (N.B.) Most Barbera’s will take the name of the village or province in which the grape was grown as a suffix to the wines’ name. For example you may see Barbera d’ Asti or Barbera d’Alba on the bottle. If  labled simply Barbera, the wine can be form anywhere.

Would I buy this baby again? Probably, if I was searching for something light to pair with a pizza. Nothing exceptional just a good eveyday red wine from Italy.
Grape Type: Barbera
Bouquet: Cherry, strawberry
Body: Light and easy drinking with low tannins
Parings: Pizza  and any lighly based tomato dish

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-Adrienne,  PIWC
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