Weekend Wine and Food Pairing- Barbera and Pizza

Pizza.  It is pretty much a Sunday night tradition at our house.  I generally make my own crust and always decorate the pizza with fresh cheese and great toppings.  I am Italian so I love drinking an Italian wine with an Italian dish (even though I know that a lot of Italians drink Italian beer with pizza).  My absolute favorite wine with pizza is Barbera.  Barbera generally has bright cherry flavors and healthy acidity which makes it a great match for a lot of styles of pizza.  

If you are looking for a great Barbera that is a really nice value, try 2009 Michele Chiarlo Barbera d’Asti Superiore Le Orme.  Juicy blackberries and cherries with silky tannins.  It is fairly easy to find and will complement your pizza perfectly.  Cheers and enjoy the weekend!



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