“Monferrato. Home sweet home” the Barbera said.   As we wrap things up on my gastronomic journey through the wines of Monferrato, my penultimate task is to take a look back on the vino that started my jaunt: Barbera d’Asti. The first thing that I should tell you is the same thing that I told a room full of Italian press and wine producers during a tasting: this is not just a popular grape; it’s an insanely, almost unfathomably popular grape. Barbera is the third most-planted fine red wine grape variety in Italy, which is no small achievement, considering that … Continue reading LOOKING BACK ON BARBERA