“Monferrato. Home sweet home” the Barbera said.
Yes, there’s a certain wow-factor about this obscure variety even sommeliers rarely admit having had tasted.
I believe that this poem gives us yet another example of how Barbera is the true king of Piedmont wines. Or is it a queen?
I am pretty sure that the fruity freshness associated with Barbera will remain the everyday reality here in Monferrato, and that the majority of people will continue to celebrate and enjoy young Barbera for being exactly that.
A translation of Pascoli’s celebrated ode “A Ciapin”
Despite the soft glow of its sunlight, the easy pace of its rolling hills, and the centuries of history behind it, a sort of subterranean reinvention is constantly happening in Monferrato.
When I set out to write this post, the working title was “Is Barbera masculine or feminine?” But like so many instances of the best intentions, the subject quickly changed into something else much more significant in my view.
What makes a good wine? The one you can afford? The one you can give out as a present? The one you enjoy in the best moments of your life? The expensive one? Everyone will come up with their own answer.
An early 16th century medical manual lists barberry lozenges as a commonly used cure.
Let us paint the picture for you so you can feel the essence of Monferrato – the essence that is Barbera d’Asti.