Drinking like the Piemontese
I Tre Vescov Barbera d’Asti
£7 from Waitrose
Special report from Wineho on location!
Whilst staying with friends in the misty hills in Piemonte, Italy, surrounded by vineyards, it would have been rude not to try some of the local wines. This region is famous for its Barbera and Nebbiolo grape varieties, with certain villages producing outstanding wines.
Some of the village or town names you may have seen on the shelf include: Barolo, Barbaresco, Novello, Alba or Asti (as in Barbera d’Asti). The Barbera
variety was recommended to us as a fine grape that is “easy-drinking” when young (ie. cheap) and more “rounded and smooth” when it has been aged for a few years. It is classed as a lighter red- not as heavy as the likes of Merlot and Shiraz.
For this outing of the Wineho’s I chose to bring the Tre Vescovi Barbera d’Asti wine for us to taste (on special for around £7 at Waitrose). It lived up to its easy-drinking name, and wasn’t as heavy as a lot of other reds we have tried. It had dried fruit notes, and went well with the Italian cheeses we got for nibbles.
Would we drink this one again? The answer is yes.
Would we now like to go on a cycle-tour holiday of the villages of Alba in Piemonte, cheese and bread in our basket and a glass of Barbera in our hand?