Four Beautiful Barbera Wines to Drink This Holiday Season!

December 13, 2019
A Note from Sergio

It's time to salute Barbera wine. Like Barolo and Barbaresco, Barbera is a signature wine of Piemonte, but unlike those two heavy hitters, Barbera is the fun, friendly kid next door. Barbera is the wine that's always up for anything, a smile on its face, a bit of mischief in its heart. Yet like that mischievous kid next door, Barbera grows up, and it can surprise you.

Generally grown alongside the fussy, difficult Nebbiolo grape, Barbera became known as "the people's wine" because it's easy to drink and it's easy on the wallet. Barbera needs less aging than the more imposing Barolo and Barbaresco; producers make Barbera to sell as their Barolo and Barbaresco age, and Piemonte wine-lovers buy Barbera to drink because the wine gives them an everyday spin on beloved producers and terroir. Above all, a truly tasty Barbera says a great deal about a producer: it says that this winemaker cares enough to pour heart and soul into a wine that doesn't get the glory.

Today, I'm delighted to bring you a quartet of beautiful Barbera d'Alba wines to pour this holiday season--or cellar for enjoyment next year (and even a couple years down the road). Ranging in pricing from under $20 to just over $42, these four wines come from esteemed producers like Luciano Sandrone and Prunotto, as well as smaller, artisanal wineries like Hilberg-Pasquero and San Giuliano. All of these wines are in stock and ready to ship, and each one is a delicious surprise.


Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Time Sensitive Offer: Barbera d'Alba Quartet, Just $19 to $42!
2. Wine Events: Upcoming December Wine Tasting Events

My Best,

Sergio Esposito

Barbera, known as the "people's wine," is possibly the ultimate food-friendly Italian red. With its electric acidity, high alcohol, low tannins, and lush fruit, Barbera is an ideal food wine that will complement any tomato-based pasta dish, most white meats, many vegetable stews, and even your basic grilled cheese sandwich. And owing to the one-two punch of recent warm vintages and increasingly thoughtful wine production, Barbera wines have grown bigger, fruitier, more complex, and less acidic. Today, we're delighted to present a delicious, delectable, and exciting quartet of Barbara d'Alba wines that are perfect to pour throughout the holiday season, into the spring, through summertime, and beyond!

From Hilberg-Pasquero, the 2016 '29.5 Per Alessandra' Barbera d'Alba is delicious, layering its crisp red and brooding blue fruits with savory notes; Barbera's trademark acidity is complemented by lush dry extract, a sweet inner perfume, and a complex, persistent finish--this wine is terrific! San Giuliano's 2016 Fiore di Marcorino Barbera d'Alba is medium-bodied and brightly acidic; this elegant, aromatic Barbera glides with a silky feel into its lingering, chocolatey, mineral-laden finish.

From the Antinori family comes Prunotto 2017 Pian Romualdo Barbera d'Alba, a wine that reflects its high quality, low yield vintage in its intense, genial profile and silky texture. Full-bodied yet balanced, this wine wraps its brambly fruits around a core of minerals and loads its energetic finish with lots of chewy tannins--it's delicious! Finally, Luciano Sandrone is no stranger to IWM clients, and the estate's 2017 Barbera d'Alba is nearly hedonistic. Zesty acidity, lovely fruits, and considerable freshness combine to make this Barbera succulent and stunning!

Barbera has a way of sneaking up on you, stealthily stealing your heart with its boldness, brightness, and earthy beauty, and today's quartet will keep your guests happy from appetizers through the main course. The most planted grape in Piemonte, Barbera thrives in this region most famously known for its collector Nebbiolo wines, and while there are five DOC Barbera regions in Piemonte, the most important is Barbera d'Alba. Coming from four top-notch producers, this Barbera foursome ranges from less than $20 to just over $40--contact your portfolio manager to secure your Barbera selections for this holiday season!

Hilberg-Pasquero 2016 'Per Alessandra' Barbera d'Alba
(Italy, Piemonte - Barbera)
$19.99 Regular Price/btl
$18.39 Case Price/btl

San Giuliano 2016 Fiore di Marcorino Barbera d'Alba
(Italy, Piemonte - Barbera)
$26.99 Regular Price/btl
$24.83 Case Price/btl

Prunotto 2017 Pian Romualdo Barbera d'Alba
(Italy, Piemonte - Barbera)
$29.99 Regular Price/btl
$27.59 Case Price/btl

Sandrone 2017 Barbera d'Alba
(Italy, Piemonte - Barbera)
$42.99 Regular Price/btl
$39.55 Case Price/btl

Saturday, December 14 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Regular Ticket Price: $129.00/person
Early Bird Price: $119.00/person

IWM Host: Francesco Vigorito, Vice President of Sales

The holiday season is a time for giving, for receiving, and for enjoying yourself--which means that it's also time for really great wine. IWM celebrates the warmest time of the year at our Reds for the Holidays event, an afternoon dedicated to robust Burgundy, luscious Brunello welcoming Super-Tuscan wines, noble Nebbiolo, and all wines red, luscious, and delicious. Accompanied by regional meats and cheeses, this special event, led by a knowledgeable IWM sommelier, will take you through the ins and outs of grape varietal, winemaker protocol, terroir and typicity of some of your favorite red wines, while introducing you to new bottles! It's a holiday gathering as only IWM can bring you, full of lively conversation, useful knowledge, and delicious wine!

Featured wines:

Castello Bonomi 2011 Franciacorta CruPerdu
François Gay 2017 Aloxe-Corton
Caiarossa 2010 IGT Toscana Rosso
Antinori 2015 Tignanello
Collemattoni 2011 Brunello di Montalcino (375ml)
Cerbaiona 2011 Brunello di Montalcino
Cucco 2015 Barolo
Sandrone 2015 Barolo Aleste
Château 2015 Pichon Longueville Baron Pauillac (375ml)

*Wines may be subject to change.

Saturday, December 21 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Walk-Around Tasting

Regular Ticket Price: $99.00/person
Early Bird Price: $89.00/person

IWM Host: Morgan Howard, Portfolio Manager

Sparkling wines signal effortless elegance, brilliant style, and joyful sophistication--and no holiday is complete without them, or without big, bold wines that border on luxury! Let the holidays ring with this tasting event featuring Champagne, a few beloved Italian bubblies, and some beautiful holiday still wines as IWM pops the cork on one of our favorite holiday events, featuring some of our favorite holiday wines. Accompanied by regional meats and cheeses and led by IWM sommeliers, this Saturday tasting invokes the spirit of the holidays, while treating you to some of the best wines IWM has to offer. Indulge in delicious wine, sparkling conversation, delectable treats, and all the warmth of this singular season with us at IWM. Drink in the present--and share this event with someone you love!

*Wines to be announced.

Saturday, December 28 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Regular Ticket Price: $129.00/person
Early Bird Price: $119.00/person

IWM Host: Michael Adler, Portfolio Manager

From grape varietals to winemaking techniques, Italy and France have a serious relationship. As much as Italy and France compete for the attention of the wine world, the two neighboring countries also influence one another. Join IWM for this special event that helps you compare, contrast and enjoy the wines of France and Italy side by side, the makings of an entirely delightful Saturday afternoon. In this Studio del Gusto tasting, we'll be matching wines from Burgundy, Bordeaux and beyond with Italian Barolo, Brunello and more. Pairing wines from some of our favorite producers, regions, grapes and traditions, this event will give you an unparalleled opportunity to compare and contrast the wines of the world's two greatest winemaking countries. Spending a Saturday sipping wines from iconic and emblematic producers, nibbling on French and Italian cheeses and meats, and learning how the fine wines of Italy and France make each other great!

*Wines to be announced.

For more information, please visit our website Wine Events Page.

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