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 Affordable holiday red
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. We have some tips, and a good, affordable red to recommend.
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 Michele Chiarlo 2006 "Le Orme" Barbera d'Asti ($10.99)
Tart cranberry flavors well shaped by zippy acidity, a good food wine and a canny Thanksgiving choice.
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Affordable holiday red

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day in the U.S., and if you're looking for a last-minute bottle (or two) of wine to accompany the holiday feast, allow me to refer you to last year's thorough analysis, "Heritage holidays," http://www.wineloverspage.com/wineadvisor2/tswa20071119.php

For today, though, with Thanksgiving falling amid unusual financial worries over much of the world, worries that for many people cast a shadow over a whole-hearted giving of thanks, let's single out a specific, recently tasted wint that makes a fine companion with the holiday feast without costing a holiday price.

The wine, Michele Chiarlo 2006 "Le Orme" Barbera d'Asti, comes in at just a buck over $10 in this region, and may be available in some markets for less. Its crisp, tart red-fruit flavors are reminiscient of cranberries (see "the cranberry sauce rule" in last year's article linked above); and with its crisp, mouth-watering acidity, Barbera makes an exceptional companion with a variety of foods, including the traditional spread on the Thanksgiving banquet table.



Michele Chiarlo 2006 "Le Orme" Barbera d'Asti ($10.99)

Michele Chiarlo

Very dark reddish-purple, with a clear garnet edge. Red-berry fruit, something like cranberries (only half-joking, perhaps a candidate for the Thanksgiving table), backed by subtle earthy, woody notes that stay well beneath the fruit. Tart cranberry flavors well shaped by zippy acidity, a good food wine with a variety of meat and poultry courses. U.S. importer: Kobrand Corp., NYC. (Nov. 24, 2008)

FOOD MATCH: As noted, it would be a fine, affordable companion to the holiday feast. We enjoyed it on a non-holidy work night with leftover chuck roast and garlicky mashed potatoes from a local restaurant.

VALUE: A wine of this quality in the $10 range makes a splendid "recession-buster."

WHEN TO DRINK: Barbera d'Asti falls into the happy category of wine that's delicious young and capable of cellaring. The winery suggests keeping it for up to seven years.

WEB LINK:
The winery Website is available in English and Italian. Here's a link to the fact sheet on "Le Orme" Barbera d'Asti.
http://www.chiarlo.it/english/vini/le_orme/scheda_vino.htm

FIND THIS WINE ONLINE:
Find vendors and compare prices for Michele Chiarlo "Le Orme" Barbera d'Asti on Wine-Searcher.com:
http://www.wine-searcher.com/
find/Chiarlo%2bOrme%2bBarbera/-/-/USD/A?referring_site=WLP


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