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Wine Pairing

Wines: 2015 Pico Maccario Barbera d’Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Regularly $11.99, Special Price $9.99

Cheese: Bergamino di Bufala, Lombardy, Italy
Regularly $23.99/lb, Special Price $18.99

Our featured wine this week, Villa della Rosa, is a 100% Barbera from Piedmont. This wine captures the essence of the Barbera variety with bright, red cherry fruit and accents of violets and herbs. Due in part to young vines, this Barbera is light in body with soft tannins and moderate in alcohol making it an attractive partner for a wide range of foods.

Background: Pico Maccario is a Barbera specialist located in the town of Mombaruzzo in the heart of Piedmont’s Barbera d’Asti DOCG. Brothers Pico and Vitaliano created the Pico Maccario brand in 1997 following four generations of selling the family grapes to other producers. The town of Mombaruzzo is located about an hour’s drive southeast of Asti itself and is home to the Pico Maccario winery. Here, brothers Pico and Vitaliano Maccario own 70 contiguous hectares, a rarity in the region. 60 of the 70 hectares are dedicated to Barbera. Villa della Rosa Barbera d’Asti DOCG is produced from the youngest vines on the estate and is vinified entirely in stainless steel tanks. The goal of Villa della Rosa is to capture Barbera’s floral aromatics and bright cherry fruit character with just a moderate level of alcohol.

Hailing from Bergamo, Lombardy, this soft ripened buffalo milk cheese is a perfect light and creamy summer time cheese. Buttery in texture with a milky, tangy finish, the Bergamino is a great alternative to brie, especially for those who have sensitivities to cow’s milk.

Partnered with Pico Maccario Barbera this cheese will shine. The tart raspberry notes of the wine are balanced by the creamy buffalo milk making this pair a perfect picnic time treat.