The 6 best Piedmont's wines: origins, characteristics and combinations
"Life is too short to drink mediocre wines", said the great German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. 2020 has taught us above all to enjoy the small daily joys, so we are glad to talk about an Italian excellence to be enjoyed by sips: the wine of Piedmont. And, doing things even better, we will tell you about the best 6 Piedmontese wines, their origins, characteristics and curiosities about them. Having more experience as drinkers than as connoisseurs, we have documented about it and therefore it is important to make a small premise: the wines produced in Piedmont are mainly from black berried grapes, which gives life to the famous red wines of which we will talk in the following paragraphs; there are, however, also white grape varieties from which they are produced excellent sparkling wines and fragrant muscat.
Barolo and Nebbiolo DOCG
The first wine on the list actually contains two of them: let’s start from the vine of origin, that is Nebbiolo, from which we obtain Barolo, one of the most precious Italian wines. Depending on the production areas, therefore, the wine obtained from nebbiolo changes its name. Nebbiolo DOC wine is produced in the native grape variety. Barolo DOCG is produced only in the municipality of the same name and in other neighbouring areas. The Barolo wine has a beautiful garnet red color, with an intense smell and a soft and full-bodied taste. It is kept for at least three years in oak barrels, which give it its particular aroma. Recommended pairings: red meats, mature cheeses, game. Taste the Barolo braised meat and you fly to Heaven.
2. Barbera DOCG
Barbera is a slightly sparkling red wine with a double identity. When "young", it lends itself to be a simple wine, almost table-like; when it is aged, it turns into noble wine, more full-bodied and spicy, soft on the palate. It is a wine with an intense purple color and is very good for meat and risotto.
3. Dolcetto d'Alba DOC
The Dolcetto wine is obtained exclusively from the Dolcetto grape variety. It has a very beautiful ruby-violet red color, a pleasantly fruity aroma and a soft flavor. The name Dolcetto comes from the sweetness of the ripe grape or perhaps from the word "dosset" in dialect that indicates the soft hills where its grapes are cultivated. Dolcetto can be served with all courses, in particular it goes well with pasta dishes, cold cuts and cheeses.
4. Grignolino d'Asti DOC
As the name suggests, it is a wine produced in the hills of the province of Asti, from which it takes the Denomination of Controlled Origin, and unlike the previous ones, it is a fresh and delicate red wine. The red color tends to fade into the orange almost transparent, the nose are notes of rose, dried flowers and berries. Probably less famous than Barolo or Barbera, but equally pleasant. It can be combined with boiled meats, broths, soups and even with fish.
5. Alta Langa DOCG
Let's come to white wines, in particular sparkling wines, produced in Piedmont with the classic method in the hills of Alessandria, Asti and Cuneo. The sparkling wine called Alta Langa is produced from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes, and in limited number of bottles, to allow the right fermentation and thus give unique aromas and flavors from vintage sparkling wine. Perfect with traditional Piedmontese dishes, for example with white truffle, fondue, mixed fried, and even grilled fish.
6. Moscato d'Asti DOCG
And finally, the dessert. Let's drink a nice Muscat wine, such as Moscato d'Asti DOCG, whose grape variety is actually spread a bit throughout the Mediterranean, as also demonstrated by the delicious Muscat produced in Apulia and Sicily. The processing of Muscat provides a rather short time from the harvest of grapes to the transformation of the must: Muscat is in fact a wine that should be drunk "young". The Piedmontese vine produces a wine muscat, straw yellow color and intense fruity taste, of white flowers and sage. Traditionally Muscat is the wine for the end of a meal, then paired with desserts, but it is also excellent with some cheeses and fruits.
A tasty gift idea
After our selection of wines, we just have to propose them as a precious Christmas gift, or for any other occasion. In this regard, we suggest the winery Daffara and Grasso, of Calosso (Asti), a long tradition winery, especially famous for its Moscato d'Asti. Within the website, under the heading "shop", you will find a wide range of wines here proposed, from Barolo to Barbera, but also other exquisite varieties such as Grignolino, Roero, aged wines and grappa. Cheers!
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