Sunday Funday and another Barbera

Sometimes doing absolutely nIMG_5183othing is the best way to spend a Sunday. After seven straight nights of events[1], I’m excited to stay home this evening and totally veg. I spent the day working on the blog, doing some half-a$$ed cleaning and even made a trip to the grocery store.[2] A homemade calzone is now in the oven.[3]_________________________________________
To:                  Alleged Blog Readers
From:              WineEsquire
Date:               March 22, 2015
Wine:              Fiore Barbera D’Asti 2012 Review
Definitely fruit on the nose. With the first sip I get notes of fruit and flowers, maybe some jam.[4] It has a smooth, dry finish with an almost metallic after taste. It’s not exactly “full bodied” but it’s not light and airy either.[5] When paired with the soppressata and some fresh mozzarella the flavor is enhanced. FullSizeRenderI’m definitely not turning this into a food blog, but with the calzone[6], it really opens up. This is very enjoyable and perfect for pairing with rich Italian foods. I’m not saying this is the best wine I’ve ever had, but at $14.99, I’d buy this again. Great for a night when you’re heading home from the Firm and you have some decent leftovers waiting for you, or better yet, someone making dinner for you.

Wine Dossier
This was a 2012 Barbera. Since we talked about Barbera’s already, and I literally cannot find this winemaker online, I want to focus on the DOCG seal around the bottle neck. IMG_5195DOCG is part of an Italian classification system which informs the consumer as to the geographic source and quality of the labeled wine. The system was put into place in 1963 by a group of Italian winemakers with the goal of raising standards and producing higher quality wines.

DOCG literally stands for Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (controlled designation of origin guaranteed). This is the highest and strictest of the four levels of classification. The others are VdT, which stands for Vino da Tavola, or Table Wine[7]; DO, Denominazione di Origine (designation of origin), and DOC, Denominazione di Origine Controllata (controlled designation of origin). To earn a DOCG seal, the wine has to pass a government taste test before being bottled. To ensure there was no hanky panky after the government test, the government agent seals the wine with a DOCG seal, ensuring the bottled wine is DOCG worthy.

Lawyer Footnotes
[1] This does include yogalates on Tuesday night. Yes, I exercise. Sometimes.
[2] Pretty productive if you ask me.
[3] The top has split open in the oven, but I’m thinking we’re still gonna end up with dough, cheese and meat inside, so what’s the problem?
[4] Sometimes I feel like all I get is fruit and flowers…
[5] Turns out, wines that fall somewhere between light and full bodied are known as “medium bodied”. Who knew?
[6] Filled with ricotta, mozzarella, soppressata, caramelized onions and spinach topped with a delicious homemade red sauce.
[7] If/when you go to Italy, all you need to do is ask for una caraffa di vino rosso at every restaurant you go to. It will likely be a vGT wine from the vineyard down the street and it will taste better than most wines available to us in the U.S.

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