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Exploring Barbera: A Perfect Pairing for Turkey Beyond Pinot Noir



As we approach the festive season, the quest for the perfect wine to accompany turkey dinners is in full swing. While Pinot Noir is often the go-to choice, let's explore an alternative that is equally deserving of the spotlight: Barbera, particularly Le Gagie Barbera D’Asti DOCG from the renowned Piedmont region in Italy.


Barbera d’Asti, a gem from Piedmont, secured its DOC status in 1970 and was later elevated to DOCG in 2008. This progression underscores its quality and prestige, aligning with Piedmont's impressive array of DOCG wines.


Tasting Profile of Barbera


Barbera distinguishes itself with a vibrant cherry flavor when young, setting it apart from the more tannic Nebbiolo. Its naturally low tannins and roundness evolve into a denser sour-cherry note as it matures. Barrel aging introduces wood tannins, complementing the variety’s texture. On the palate, Barbera can exhibit a Merlot-like plumminess, though it resonates more with Mourvèdre in flavor.


The Le Gagie Barbera d'Asti DOCG is a testament to this profile. It boasts an intense ruby-red color, a captivating spicy aroma blended with red fruit notes, and an elegant, refined taste with a tactile sensation and an intense aftertaste of small red fruits.


Production Notes


Le Gagie Barbera d’Asti is made from 100% Barbera grapes, carefully nurtured in marl limestone-clay soil. The vineyard's south-southeast exposure and manual harvesting contribute to the wine's distinct character. The fermentation process at 28°C with frequent pumping over in the initial days ensures optimal color extraction. The wine undergoes malolactic fermentation naturally, aided by the wine's ideal temperature.


Aged for about 12 months in 30hl barrels, the wine further matures for an additional four months in the bottle before being released into the market. This careful aging process enriches the wine's complexity and depth, making it an exceptional choice for pairing.


Serving Suggestions


Le Gagie Barbera d'Asti is versatile and pairs exceptionally well with a variety of dishes, making it ideal for holiday feasts. Its affinity with pasta, poultry, grilled meats, and medium-aged cheeses makes it a perfect complement to the traditional turkey dinner.


An Invitation from Wine Affairs


In tandem with our celebration of fine wines like Le Gagie Barbera d'Asti, Wine Affairs is excited to extend an invitation for partnerships and opportunities. We are seeking passionate wine distributors who share our enthusiasm for high-quality wines. Moreover, we are on the lookout for wine enthusiasts and skilled sales personnel to join our dynamic team. By becoming a part of the Wine Affairs family, you'll be immersed in a world of exquisite wines and unparalleled opportunities. If you're intrigued by the prospect of collaborating with us or joining our team, reach out to us for a customized consultation. Let's uncork the potential together and make this festive season one to remember. 🍷🎄 #WineAffairs #FestiveWines #BarberaDelight


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