Red wines of Monferrato: Character, strength, and tradition
· THE BARBERA D’ASTI
We are talking about a grape variety of which we had the first historical appearance in 1512. It is a prevalent grape variety and very characterized among Monferrato wines. Barbera del Monferrato wine is a little bit different from Barbera d’Alba. Barbera d’Asti, especially in the Superiore type, is an intense Monferrato wine with a flavor that persists, balanced both as soft flavors and hard notes. But still capable of freshness that makes it unique and unrepeatable. Typical wine of Asti and Monferrato for a company or to drink alone over dinner all to celebrate ourselves. Yes, even if red or important, it reminds me of a celebration!
It makes me happy to think that grignolino comes from the verb “grignè,” which means to laugh in Piedmontese. Yes, because it always manages to put me in a good mood! On the other hand, some claim that the name comes from grape seeds, grignole in Piedmontese… I leave it up to you to decide! I will tell you that this beautiful and tasty wine is described as red wine Monferrato, ruby red, bright, the perfume of violet, geranium, berries, especially raspberry and blackberry, cherry, and plum. Fresh and pleasant to sip, with a VIVACious and slightly unripe but pleasant note. What to say? A must-try!
Native grape variety, ancient. The name is a mystery. But we care about the flavor! And here, I guarantee, there are no mysteries. A red wine from Monferrato, Ruchè was born to be paired with local dishes, aged cheeses, or main meat courses
with intense flavors. It is a wine with characteristics that make it suitable for surprising marriages with words from other regions and traditions. This is one of the reasons why it is achieving excellent results in the world. Juicy, soft, deep, fragrant: thus, it becomes an ideal match for foods rich in aromas and spices, such as ginger, and thus also to dishes typical of oriental cuisines, or too spicy dishes and, to break the “rules,” to tuna dishes. Ruchè’s versatility in pairings makes it a wine to try.
Ancient grape variety again. Autochthonous to Piedmont. Known since the 1500s. We also find it in the Langhe area, but it originates in the Asti area. It is among the red wines of Monferrato that deserves to be discovered. A garnet red color, not particularly intense. After years of vinification in the sparkling form, used by farmers as an everyday wine, it gained considerable recognition when people began to make it in the still version. It is a wine that could be described as an all-meal wine, but it finds an excellent place with charcuterie boards and first courses with meat sauce. It has a fruity hint but is not prevalent. It is also a perfect everyday wine. In the evening, after work, in the company, engage in small talk: it slows you down and invites you to share.