Friday, April 30, 2021

Vietti Barbera d'Alba Tre Vinge 2018; Organic, Sustainable, Bio-dynamic #ItalianFWT


I opened this bottle of Vietti Barbera d'Alba wine to serve with Milanesa Napolitana in anticipation of this Italian Food Wine and Travel post.
Gwendolyn of Wine Predator invited the members of our group to explore Barbera wines.  You can learn more at her invitation post.  We are all meeting up together on twitter chat tomorrow at 11 AM ET to discuss what we discovered on our exploration.  You are welcome to join us following #ItalianFWT.  

Here are the topics we will be discussing........
  • Linda Whipple is "Getting Reacquainted with My Old Friend Barbera" on My Full Wine Glass.
  • Nicole Ruiz Hudson has "5 Nights of Barbera" on Somm's Table.
  • Terri Oliver Steffes shares "Abbona Barbera del Monferrato, Warm and Elegant" on Our Good Life.
  • Cindy Rynning writes "It’s Time to Drink More Barbera!" on Grape Experiences.
  • Andrea Lemieux asks "Wherefore art thou, Barbera d’Asti?" on The Quirky Cork.
  • Wendy Klik pours "Vietti Barbera d’Alba Tre Vinge 2018; Organic, Sustainable, Bio-dynamic" on A Day in the Life on the Farm.
  • Camilla Mann is "Exploring a Few Bottles of Barbera Plus Wild Boar Tamales + 2018 Cascina San Lorenzo Barbera" on Culinary Adventures with Camilla.
  • Susannah Gold shares "Barbera – A Look at Asti, Albaand Nizza" on Avvinare.
  • Jennifer Gentile Martin offers up "The Abundance of Barbera in Piedmont with Fontanafredda" on Vino Travels.
  • Our host, Gwendolyn at Wine Predator, is featuring "2017 Aldo Clerico Barbera D’ Alba with Anchovies, Pizza, Sausage Orecchiette."




To my knowledge, I have never enjoyed a Barbera prior to this event.  I may have had these grapes in a blended wine but it certainly wasn't the primary grape.

I ordered this bottle up from wine.com. It had good ratings and the price point was under $30.  It is no longer available for order.  This wine, like many European wines, is grown organically and sustainably as indicated by the green leaf symbol at wine.com.

The wine poured a light garnet.  It smells of cherries and berries.  It is dry, with some chalkiness but very fruity with some hints of pepper.  It is a medium bodied wine that paired very well with our dinner but was also enjoyable on it's own.

The Vietti winery has been in existence since the 19th century.  In the 20th century the family started concentrating solely on growing grapes.  In 1952 Luciana Vietti's husband, Alfredo Currado, began bottling single varietals.  While this is common now in 1952 it was considered quite radical.  This and more information can be learned about this wine in this article.

Barbera has a reputation for being food friendly and consumer friendly.  It is grown mostly in Piedmont, Italy however it is a hardy grape that adapts to many climates and is grown in the western part of the USA as well as South America.

Hope to see you at chat tomorrow.  Ciao.


8 comments:

  1. Glad you have finally tried a Barbera! It's one of my favorite Italian wines. And I am making a version of Milanesas for my birthday. Can't wait.

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  2. Vietti makes such great wines and I love that label!

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  3. Welcome to the wonderful world of Barbera! I've always found them food friendly, though the one I chose for this event was a little more finicky.

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    1. Mine was definitely food friendly. I am happy to have been introduced to this wonderful varietal.

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  4. Good choice! Glad you found a good one for a first encounter. Seems like it would be perfect with the milanesa.

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  5. What a wonderful introduction to the world of Barbera!

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