Sometimes last minute events are the most fun. I received a short notice invite to try a new red wine, a Barbera, from Italian producer Fontanafredda being released in the BCLDB stores. Also at the event is a white blend of Malvasia, Trebbiano and Vermentino produced by Alberto Antonini. To top it off, the wine tasting was going to be held at Novo Pizzeria on Burrard St in Vancouver. How could I refuse. I love wine and pizza!
The white wine comes from Tuscany which is perhaps the most famous of all Italian wine regions, while the Barbera is from Piedmont. The Malvasia and Trebbiano grapes are found all over Italy, particularly in the center and north. I have noticed recently an uptick in Trebbiano wines coming into the BC marketplace. Barbera, according to Wikipedia “..is a red Italian wine grape variety that, as of 2000, was the third most-planted red grape variety in Italy (after Sangiovese and Montepulciano). It produces good yields and is known for deep color, low tannins and high levels of acid… The best known appellation is the DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita) Barbera d’Asti in the Piedmont region. When young, the wines offer a very intense aroma of fresh red and blackberries. In the lightest versions notes of cherries, raspberries and blueberries and with notes of blackberry and black cherries in wines made of more ripe grapes. Many producers employ the use of toasted (seared over a fire) oak barrels, which provides for increased complexity, aging potential, and hints of vanilla notes…“.
My Wine Notes
Poggiotondo Bianco Toscana IGT 2011, Italy ($16.99). Light lemony colour. Lively citrus with some lime and flowers on the nose. Very pretty. Light body, dry with high acidity making it very refreshing to drink. Citrus and bitter apricot pit flavours, and some leesy creaminess on the palate. A nice wine to drink this summer on the patio.
- Fontanafredda Briccotondo Barbera 2010, Italy ($17.99). Medium ruby colour in the glass. Woody nose, not oaky. Also some sour cherry aromas. Light body, dry with medium acidity. It has a very light vanilla flavour that floats on top of the cherry and ripe raspberry flavours. Soft mouth feel with some acidity at the back of your tongue. Very tasty.
Both wines are very approachable, have an excellent sub $20 price, and use a screw cap, so you should have no reason not to buy these wines and enjoy them.
Enjoying Novo Pizzeria’s Pizzas
I do enjoy thin crust pizzas baked in a brick oven and made with fresh ingredients. Novo Pizzeria kept making pizzas with different ingredients, some with tomato based sauces, others without. Each pizza was unique and very tasty. Enjoy the pictures of the process of making the pizza, to reaching my plate! Enjoy!