Barbera is not widely known as this red grape is exclusive to the Piedmont region in the north of Italy. Where it makes the locals very happy – being affordable and the perfect partner with a huge range of foods, even fish. Traditionally Barbera was crafted in a rustic/bitter style, but big wineries such as Fontanafredda lean to a more ‘easy’ style, but without losing the rustic quality. The gutsy Italian feeling that improves the experience of any food you’re eating. I’ve been a Barbera fan for decades and everyone who travels with us to Piedmont becomes an easy convert. Boil the pasta water, heat the tomato sauce and fall in love with Barbera. After, I bet you’ll be tempted to buy a case.
FONTANAFREDDA 16 Barbera ‘Briccotondo’ Piedmont, Italy 372987 $14.95 (***$11.95 till Nov 7)