14 Feb Barbera Tasting
Sunday, February 17
1 to 4pm
At the Bar
Barbera is the most widely-consumed grape in Piedmont, even though Barolo is more famous. The two major regions for Barbera are Asti and Alba. We’ll taste one of each and you pick the winner! And bonus, we’re also tasting our best-selling Pinot Grigio from Antonutti and the amazingly delicious Amara Rossa, which is a huge hit every time we open it for samples.
2017 Antonutti Pinot Grigio “Ramato,” Friuli DOC
On Sale $17.99
This unique style of Pinot Grigio is getting extra attention these days.”Ramato” or Copper refers to the color of the wine from a handful of hours of skin contact. The nose is ripe with fresh tropical notes, and the flavors are tight and tangy with crisp apple highlighting the entry and mid palate. The finish is lasting and the minerality is present.
2015 Tenuta Santa Caterina Barbera d’Asti Superiore “Vigna Lina”
On Sale $20.99
This Barbera, the most well-known native grape variety of Piedmont, is dedicated to two strong personalities related with the Alleva family, both called Lina. Two ladies with great character who left an important mark, and not just in the family. In Asti there is a street dedicated to Lina Borgo, for her charitable deeds. VignaLina grows in the Podere dei Mossetti vineyard and on the crest of Cornaleto. Its grapes ripen slowly and late, the best expression of the territory-vine identity. Refined technical experience, unforgotten traditions, values and teachings from “old vine hands” have made a dream come true: VignaLina is that dream.
2017 Mauro Molino Barbera d’Alba
On Sale $16.99
Plenty of dark berries, dark chocolate and some scorched lemon rind. Medium to full body with juicy fruit at the end. Delicious. Drink now.
91 Points, James Suckling
Amara “Rossa,” Sicily
This blood-orange Amara, made in Sicily from oranges grown near Mt. Etna, is simply gorgeous. With dominant orange notes and less bitterness than a traditional Amaro, it is versatile and works well in cocktails as a complex and nuanced replacement for orange liqueur or triple sec. It also drinks beautifully as an after-dinner digestivo.