This article was published in The 30 Second Wine Advisor on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013 and can be found at http://www.wineloverspage.com/wineadvisor2/tswa20131129.php.
Tis the season for wine books and more
I'm enjoying a quiet day after Thanksgiving at home today, savoring memories of yesterday's feasting and sharing thanks and gratitude with friends. No fighting the crowds at the local malls for me!
But okay, all right, I admit it ... I did go online and look for some good reading material about wine and other things.
Since our WineLovers Discussion Group is just now wrapping up our Wine Focus on the Wines of Piemonte in Northwestern Italy, let's have a look at some good, solid books and other resources on Italian wine. You can find them at your local book stores if you're out and about, or take it easy and jump online to order them from home.
Brunello di Montalcino, Understanding and Appreciating One of Italy's Greatest Wines, by Kerin O'Keefe, is organized as a guided tour through Montalcino’s geography, this essential reference also makes sense of Brunello’s complicated history, from its rapid rise to the negative and positive effects of the 2008 grape-blending scandal dubbed “Brunellogate.” O’Keefe also provides in-depth profiles of nearly sixty leading producers of Brunello.
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Today's Tasting Report
Bersano 2010 "Costalunga" Barbera d'Asti ($19.99)
Garnet, clear at the center shading to a pale, transparent edge. Red fruit and floral notes, roses and violets, carry over in the flavor as crisp red fruit, gentle acidity and firm tannins, finishing with a hint of tart cranberries in the finish. Simple, tart and fresh, one of those lovable Italian wines that comes to the table ready for dinner. Alcohol is in balance at 13%. U.S. importer: Vin Divino, Chicago. (Nov. 13, 2013)
FOOD MATCH: Fine with red meat, poultry, pork, sharp cheeses or robust veggie main dishes. It was excellent with a dinner of creamy polenta topped with an autumn harvest ragù.
WHEN TO DRINK: Like its Northwestern Italian neighbor Dolcetto, Barbera is intended for early drinking while it's young and fresh, to be enjoyed while waiting for the more magisterial Barolos and Barbarescos to age. Enjoy it soon, but don't worry about it going around the bend, as a good Barbera should last for six to eight years past the vintage..
VALUE: It's a good wine, but $20 felt a little pushy for Barbera d'Asti. A qiocl check at Wine-Searcher.com bears this out, showing many offerings in the mid-teens.
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