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THE ADVOCATE V O L . 7 5 P A R T 1 J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 7 67 citrus and pear. It is a delicious accompaniment to most fish dishes. Although Piemonte remains loyal to its indigenous grape varieties, it has also brought in plantings from other wine regions and is now growing Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, much of it in the Langhe region where Nebbiolo thrives. Given the quality of winemaking in the region, it is not surprising that these relatively new plantings are yielding excellent wines. Two examples are the Marchesi di Gresy Sauvignon and the Elio Grasso “Educato” Chardonnay. Yet, it is the Moscato grape that remains the most prolific white varietal in Piemonte. The wines known as Moscato d’Asti with their light sparkle, low alcohol and expressive sweet fruit are a perfect end to a meal, whether consumed with dessert or creamy cheeses. Ultimately, the wines of Piemonte are all about terroir. There are no other wines in the world, except possibly in Burgundy, that express the earth like those of Piemonte. Indeed, it has been said that the region’s physical beauty can be found within the elegance and soulfulness of its great wines. So, if you cannot make a journey to Piemonte, then journey into a glass where you will be able to taste what you cannot see. RICOSSA BARBERA D’ASTI 2014 #457135 $15 As the name indicates, this Barbera comes from the Asti zone. It is medium bodied and has a garnet colour. The flavours are bright and resemble slightly tart wild cherry, which come through in an unexpectedly appealing way. After exposure to air for an hour or so, the wine became softer and more pronounced in flavour. This is a simple wine that went well with a plate of Bucatini all’Amatriciana (recipe to follow in a future column), but when paired with some crusty Italian bread and a slab of Grana Padano cheese it was off the charts. BENI DI BATASIOLO BARBERA D’ALBA 2013 #311555 $16 Batasiolo is located just outside the town of Alba and smack between the towns of Barolo and Barbaresco. It is known for its ability to get good quality wine to the consumer at reasonable prices. Its Barbera d’Alba has excellent depth of colour and delivers scents of red berry fruit, wet earth and a touch of truffle. Its flavour profile is one of cooked berry fruit and some dried cherry. Like most Barberas, this is a wine that is best suited to food accompaniment and we think it would be perfect with wild mushrooms thrown into some pappardelle or polenta.


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