WINE: Palmina Barbera Santa Barbara 2008
Bright garnet in color, this California take on a classic Italian varietal seems just right for Greg’s American version of classic spaghetti and meatballs. With aromas of dark cherry, earth, and sweet flowers, this wine’s nose is indicative of a bigger wine than it is. The palate, however, is more finessed – with bright red berry flavors, herbs, and a touch of bitter cocoa. The wine’s lively acidity makes this a great pairing with tomato sauce, yet it does have enough weight to stand up to Greg’s rich meatballs.
Barbera is one of the most widely planted grapes in Italy, particularly in the Piemonte region, and is known for its affinity with a wide array of foods. California winemakers are also producing some great wines from Barbera, as well as other interesting yet typically Italian red varietals such as Dolcetto, Sangiovese, Charbono, Nebbiolo and Primitivo. California Barberas, however, can be in the brighter and refined Piemonte style, or in the richer, more powerful California style. Most fall under the California style, and should be quite appealing to fans of big California Zinfandels.
PRICE: about $20.00
Also pairs well with: Barbeque, cheese, chicken, hamburgers, pasta, sausage, tomato sauce, veal.
Region- Santa Barbara County, California