Yipee! Itâ€™s from the Piedmont region in Italy, and costs less than $20.
For me Barbera is the Holy Grail of red wine. I love the down-to-earth feeling, and the un-mistakenly Italian frankness and joyful energy. For me it is not so much a flavor experience but a soulful one â€“ nourishing me and lifting my spirits like no other wine. Drinking Barbera makes me happy to be alive. What more can I say? Except to tell you about the wine below, and why I think itâ€™s the best Barbera in the world.
The Viberti family run a small, delightful country restaurant called Buon Padre, in the heart of Italyâ€™s famed Barolo region. Third generation son Claudio carries on the tradition of local hostellerie â€“ selling wine and groceries. From the outside everything looks old-world cozy, but once you taste the wines, youâ€™ll realize that Claudio is on the cutting edge of winemaking in this region. One of his projects was to plant a high-density vineyard to produce a more concentrated, less tart Barbera â€“ and to name the wine in honour of his mother Maria, the cook of 50 years at Buon Padre restaurant (and a Barbera fan who is a Â twin, hence La Gemella).
The first time I experienced La Gemella was at a pre-dinner tasting at Buon Padre where it was poured in the company of big-hitting Viberti Barolos. Every wine was a star, but for me Barbera stole the show, and it keeps doing it each year when Kato and I return to Buon Padre with our Italy tour group.
Iâ€™m sure you can imagine my excitement when I learned La Gemella was coming to the LCBO â€“ for you to experience, and possibly share my love of this wine. A tremendous value.
VIBERTI 16 Barbera dâ€™Alba â€˜La Gemellaâ€™, Piedmont, Italy
632372 Vintages $18.95
Go to http://www.lcbo.com/lcbo/
P.S. Your bottle(s) will have a little sediment â€“ meaning the wine was not overly filtered, stripping it of character, and bacteria that aids digestion.
Speaking of Italy, due to a great response we decided to add ANOTHER TOUR TO ITALY in 2020. Join us and taste Viberti’s Barbera (and a slew of other Barberas and Barolos)! It’s a beautiful part of the world, and a wonderful opportunity to taste incredible wines.
September 4 to 14, 2020
Leaves Toronto September 3
More info here.