Fontanafredda Barbera Briccotondo 2010

This is a continuation of my earlier post about an outing to Eataly in NYC.  After our great appetizer at La Verdure, we managed to secure a table at Il Pesce which – as you can probably tell by the name – is the on-site seafood restaurant.

Here I had one of the daily specials – a bluefish steak.  Although probably officially a filet, I call my serving a steak because it was a bit denser than the average fish filet and it had a distinct (pleasant) flavor all it’s own.   I enjoyed the fish very much and was quite glad I had ordered this wine as an accompaniment.

Winemaker: Fontanafredda
Wine: Barbera Briccotondo
Vintage: 2010
Appellation: Piedmont, Italy DOC
Price: $15

Notes:  This is an incredibly exuberant, easy-to-drink wine.  It’s a light-bodied red with a nice dark color in the glass.  In my opinion it has no real tannins to speak of but loads of jammy berry flavors on the palate.  It was good as an accompaniment to the bluefish.  In fact, a couple sat down next to my friend and I.  As their waiter described the specials, he kept referring to our plates. [My friend had ordered the sea scallops that were another special.]  In the end, the woman asked for the same meal I was having  – including the wine – and offered the same opinions regarding each and their pairing.  As good as it was with the blue fish, I definitely think this Barbera would also make a nice sipper before dinner or at a mixer.

Important:  I am not a professional sommelier or wine connoisseur.  See “About” for the full disclaimer.

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