We’re featuring two wines from the Piedmont, a region in Northwestern Italy, on our shelves this month. Arneis and Barbera are indigenous grapes that have grown in this region for centuries. Piedmont is also one best sources of truffle mushrooms in the world, and December is truffle season. If you’re lucky to find some for sale, try them with either of these bottles for a lovely Piedmont holiday treat.
2016 Ceretto Blange’ Langhe Arnesi – $24
Region: Langhe, Piedmont, Italy
Terroir/Tech: Organic, clay/loam soils, stainless steel
Arneis is one of the most prominent white grapes from the Piedmont, which is generally known for its red Nebbiolo wines. Arneis is fuller bodied with naturally lower acidity; and because of that, Ceretto bottles theirs with a little residual CO2 from the fermentation, which adds a nice pop. This bright, fruity yet mineral driven wine is a great accompaniment with seafood.
2015 Pico Maccario Lavignone Barbera D’Asti – $15
Region: Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Terroir/Tech: Alluvial soils, stainless steel
Brothers Pico and Vitiliano came from a family that had been growing Barbera for four generations in Asti, but selling the grapes to their neighbors for production. The brothers wanted to make their own wine and thus founded the winery in 1997 with a focus on Barbera. They consider the Lavignone their most important and classic wine, and a great pair for burgers.