With the arrival of the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S., the nation officially kicks off its 2019 holiday season.
That means that Americans from all walks of life, from coast to coast to the southeastern U.S. to the midwest, from the Mexican border to the Canadian, will be hosting and attending myriad holiday parties. And this, my American friends and fellows, is why Uncle Sam Needs Barbera d’Asti more than ever (for the holiday season, that is).
Here are the 5 top reasons — in my humble (however well informed) opinion — that Barbera d’Asti makes for the perfect holiday wine.
- Barbera d’Asti is the ultimate food-friendly wine.
Top sommeliers across the U.S. agree that Barbera d’Asti, because of its freshness and agility at the dinner table, make it one of the world’s greatest food-friendly wines (or “gastronomic” wines as many in the trade now say).
- Barbera d’Asti has restrained alcohol.
Barbera d’Asti is an acidity-driven wine not an alcoholic one. Traditionally and historically, in part due to the nature of the Barbera grape variety, it’s almost always vinified with restrained alcohol. That’s part of why it’s so food-friendly. But it also makes it ideal for the holiday season when we are all drinking more than usual.
- There’s a Barbera d’Asti for everyone.
Whether your looking for a high-end Barbera d’Asti to gift to your boss or an easy-going Barbera d’Asti to open with friends at lunch, there’s a Barbera d’Asti for everyone. Go big, go small, go delicious. Barbera d’Asti offers a wide range of gift and pairing options. Probably more so than any other Italian grape and appellation.
- Barbera d’Asti is authenticity in a bottle.
Whether vinified in a “big” tannic style with bold and rich flavors; or produced in a light, bright style with lithe and fresh flavors, rarely does a bottling of Barbera d’Asti not reflect local tradition and values. That’s in part due to the fact that it’s difficult to mask Barbera d’Asti’s wonderful character. And why would anyone want to?
- Barbera d’Asti is just damn delicious.
Don’t believe me? Try some for yourself. You’ll thank me.
Happy holidays everyone! Stay tuned for Barbera d’Asti pairing suggestions.