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Wine and Friendship – The Perfect Pairing

November 22, 2011 by  
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My wine glass, no matter the time of year, always favors a bold red wine that I can enjoy on its own or paired with the perfect bite of food. One of my favorites is Vietti 2008 Barbera d’Asti, which a friend of mine has a habit of showing up with when he stops by for a visit. I believe friends like this are very important to have, and of course, it is always nice to have someone to share a great bottle of wine with, which is exactly what we did on a recent visit.

Before I share a glass of this delicious wine with you, let me tell you a little about where it comes from. Asti is a province in the Piedmont region of Italy, known for wine, cheese, and of course, truffles. Barbera is one of the most planted grapes in Italy and is believed to have orginated in the wine friendly hills of Piedmont where it thrives today. Barbera is known for low tannins, so it lends itself to drinking young, and like most Italian wines, is meant to be paired with food and friends.

Vietti Barbera D’Asti drinks very well right away, without needing time to open up, which is a good thing as I was not inclined to wait when my friend arrived and opened the bottle. The nose was raspberry, fresh brewed black tea, licorice and subtle earth. I could sit and smell this wine for several minutes and not tire of my discoveries. The initial flavors echoed these same aromas, but also hinted at deeper tones of blackberry and truffles. The finish was smooth and lingering. Paired with friendship and stimulating conversation, I don’t think this wine could have been more generous in its appeal. Thank you Adam!

One piece of advice: This wine begs for some rich food to play with…I would suggest Truffle Tremor cheese from Cypress Grove in California. If you have never heard of this cheese, do yourself a big favor and get some right away. In fact, sample all of Cypress Grove’s cheeses if you get the opportunity. Make sure you have a couple of your favorite red wines on hand, and more importantly, invite a good friend over to share it all with you. Remember, even above good food, the true perfect thing to pair with good wine is always good company. Cheers!


One Response to “Wine and Friendship – The Perfect Pairing”
  1. Jeanna Gaydeski says:

    As always, you have a way with words! I would love to be having a glass of wine with you right now sis. Love you!! 🙂

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