Dolcetto & Barbera: The Trattoria's Best Friends

If Barolo and Barbaresco […] are the wine equivalent of Piedmont’s Sunday best (dress slacks, cufflinks and formal jacket), Barbera and Dolcetto are its favorite used jeans and comfy sweater. MONICA LARNER, Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Cellaring a Barolo or Barbaresco to reach the optimal drinking period takes time and patience – the latter I don’t seem to have much of these days. Don’t get me wrong – the art of ageing wine is truly remarkable and those who put in the time can truly reap the rewards, but let’s be real: the year is 2020 (I don’t think I need to spell that one out) and many of our customers, myself included, want something delicious, vibrant, and ready to drink.

Walk with me through the Langhe region of Piemonte. Home to two of the most celebrated wines in the world: Barolo and Barbaresco. Now, hang a left and follow me into the unassuming Trattoria through that skinny cobble stoned street up ahead. Take a seat, order the pasta of the day and a glass of red. Chances are it won’t be the Noble varietal of the area. Instead, you can expect the bright, youthful, and fruit forward reds of this abundant region: Dolcetto and Barbera.

Dolcetto and Barbera are known to be the ‘everyday’ wines of the region. Wines with so much versatility, when it comes to food matching, you’ll get to enjoy experimenting in your own kitchen. Think rich tomato bases, roasted veggies, cured meats and toasted bread, creamy pasta dishes, even a roast chook or a grilled steak.

Our specially curated Dolcetto and Barbera six-packs are outlined for you below. You can choose one or the other or grab them both! I have highlighted the grapes’ characteristics below so you can better understand what to expect from each varietal. I’m pleased to offer savings over 20% on both packs and hope you’ll enjoy being transported just as much as I did.

Dolcetto: loads of black fruit flavours, tart, and tannic. You can expect notes like plum, blackberry, cocoa, black pepper, and violet. Traditionally enjoyed within the first 5 years of release.

Barbera: low tannin, high acid, loads of cherry, plum, strawberry, blackberry, lavender, violet, anise, and nutmeg. Traditionally enjoyed within the first 5 years of release.

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