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From Nizza, With Love (Talking Nizza DOCG For MyNameIsBarbera.com)

Vinted on May 16, 2017 binned in Italian Wine, learning wine, Uncategorized

Bond... James Bond

In my latest piece for MyNameIsBarbera.com, we compare the top of the Barbera DOCG quality pyramid to a character who carries an actual piece; namely, 007 himself.

I hope that you’ll forgive the somewhat graphic JB image above… it’s one of my favorites, and it’s more dynamic – though not nearly as pretty! – as vineyard images from Nizza vineyards, like this one:

Nizza vines

See? No real thrilling action going on there. That comes after harvest, oak aging, and bottle aging, after which Nizza DOCG Barbera wines ought to thrill lovers of Italian reds, because they are as serious, powerful, and age-worthy as Barbera gets. Hit up the link below for the details on that…

NIZZA DOCG, A SMOKING DRESSED BARBERA

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Talking Fun Wine Facts For MyFitnessRx.net

Vinted on May 4, 2017 binned in 1WineDude TV, learning wine, wine health

Another quick-hit this week to let you know that I was recently a guest on MyFitnessRx.net‘s Running episode, talking about some recent fun/interesting health-related facts/studies pertaining to our favorite adult libation.

You can check out the specific segment in the embed below. Here’s how you can check out the My Fitness Rx show on  a regular basis:

Wine Facts, Running – e9

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Superiore… SMASH!!! (Talking Barbera d’Asti Superiore For MyNameIsBarbera.com)

Vinted on May 2, 2017 binned in Italian Wine, learning wine

Hulk Smash

The venerable Barbera d’Asti Superiore as… The Incredible Hulk?

Yeah, it’s probably a stretch… BUT

1999 Bava Stradivario, Barbera d'Asti Superiore DOCGThere’s something to be said for a superhero of an Italian red that is perennially underestimated, and yet in its best examples can stand up in aging to its more glamorous Asti-area cousins Barbaresco and Barolo. At least, that’s the case I make in my latest piece for MyNameIsBarbera.com.

And yes, I’ve been lucky enough to have experienced this stuff first-hand.

When touring the Monferrato region last year, I had the chance to get my grubby little paws on a few older bottles of Barbera d’Asti Superiore, and I was frankly stunned at how well they’d held up over the years. Take, for example, the 1999 Bava Stradivario, Barbera d’Asti Superiore DOCG. At nearly twenty years old, that wine was vibrantly, energetically alive, still had a tart red fruit core, and earthy, ample spiciness. It wasn’t just “drinkable;” it was refined, elegant, and surreptitiously powerful.  In other words, it was kicking ass.

Anyway, read on and you can tell me if I’m crazy or not…

BIG BIG BIG. BIG BARBERA D’ASTI SUPERIORE

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The King Of Pop… Wines (Talking Barbera d’Asti for MyNameIsBarbera.com)

Vinted on April 19, 2017 binned in Italian Wine, learning wine

King of Pop

In my latest article for MyNameIsBarbera.com, I make a case for legitimately comparing Barbera d’Asti to… Michael Jackson.

Yeah, that Michael Jackson.

The King of Pop Michael Jackson.

My penchant for stretching cross-discipline compares to incredibly thin levels aside (I wonder if the Barbera d’Asti folks knew what they were getting into when they picked me up for this gig?), I think that the simile in this case isn’t much of a stretch.

You’d be hard-pressed to find a wine region + grape combination that combines the same wide appeal, high base quality levels, raw potential, and large production/availability as Asti and Barbera at what we often think of as the “entry” level for those wines. Think about it… there are others that could be argued as the King of Pop Wine, but the list is pretty short.

You can read the entire piece at the link below (and then come back to heckle to me if you think I was off the mark… which I wasn’t… ok, whatever…):

BARBERA D’ASTI, THE KING OF POP WINE

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