(It's a new week! What did you think of the Barbaresco? We had it all weekend... Max's comments below. Share your comments, and vote below. A new wine recommendation comes in on Thursday.)
This week's suggestion is inspired by the great sale happening at Astor Wines & Spirits. Selfishly, I am going through a Nebbiolo kick; collectively I wanted something with plenty of availability so that we could all take advantage of the discount. ($18.74 down from $24.99)
Amanda, the unassuming Italian Wine Diva at Astor, helped steer me towards a wine that fit both my criteria. Together we chose the 2002 Produttori del Barbaresco.
Nebbiolo is considered to be one of the world's greatest grapes. In fact it is so highly coveted by the Piedmontese that very few cuttings ever make it out of Italy. Nebbiolo is the sole grape of Barolo and Barbaresco; Barolo is considered to be the king of Italian wine, with Barbaresco coming in a close (and more affordable) second. Nebbiolos should be dark ruby in color with some of the following flavor characteristics: earth, truffle, violet, cedar, dark black cherry/berry fruit and licorice. Sticking with the winter theme, these are wines that pair well with heavy meats and rich stews.
Amanda guaranteed me that there were a few cases in the back, so head down and pick up a bottle before it sells out!