his versatile Italian
red grape variety generally produces lighter style wines with cherry and raspberry fruit flavors and aromas, intermingled with rustic spice. A lovely crispness from the acidity creates a red which is ideal with food. Barbera (bar-BEAR-ah
) is capable of producing medium- to full-bodied wines
when aged in oak barrels, but the majority are made in the fresh and fruity, easy-drinking style with soft tannins. Barbera thrives on the rolling hillsides surrounding the villages of Asti
and Alba within the Piedmont
. Try this versatile red slightly chilled as an aperitif or with lighter fare. The oak-aged Barbera will rival many Barolos
and should be consumed with fuller flavored red meat dishes.