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Europa Village

Europa Village
2014 Vienza Estate Wine, Barbera, Temecula Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Barbera

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5%
84 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$32

Europa Village
2014 Vienza Estate Wine, Barbera, Temecula Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Barbera

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5%
Bright dusty garnet color. Fruity aroma of forest berry with a round, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, medium-length espresso bean studded chocolate bar, raspberry preserve, and chocolate gelato finish with well-integrated, coating tannins and moderate oak flavor. A plush Barbera, distinctly Californian in style.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Oaky
Aroma Aroma: forest berry
Taste Flavor: espresso bean studded chocolate bar, raspberry preserve, and chocolate gelato
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Pork Chops, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A plush Barbera, distinctly Californian in style.

The Producer

Europa Village

The Producer
33475 La Serena Way
Temecula, CA 92591
USA
1 951-506-1818

Barbera

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Serve in a Zinfandel Wine Glass
Barbera is a hearty, spicy red, produced most notably in Italy's Piedmont region as well as in California, especially in Sonoma, where it was brought there by Italian immigrants in the 19th century.

Barbera is a distinctive red wine as it has very high acidity as well as very light tannins. Given the acidity, it is an ideal choice at lunch with salumi, as the acidity cuts through the fat of the meat.

It is the most widely planted red variety of Piedmont and most versions are straightforward, slightly rustic wines that are meant for simple foods such as pizza and lighter pastas. However over the past twenty years, producers- especially in the Asti province - have made more "serious" versions of Barbera d'Asti, aged in small oak barrels. These are riper and more weighty versions, light years away from the traditional style.

California has some representative examples, with ripe blackberry fruit and light spice, yet Barbera has yet to receive the same attention as many other red varieties in the state. Most are best consumed young with grilled meats.