Wandering Wino: 'Ode to Barbera' Edition

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All eyes will turn to Italy over the next month as the conclave to select the next pope is convened. (My money's on the Brazilian.) But it doesn't take much for me to look at Italy anytime since I love their wines so much, particularly those from Tuscany and the Piedmont. Barbera is the most famous wine from Il Piemonte, and Nashvillians have an excellent opportunity to learn more about this style next week.

The fun paisanos at 100% Italiano have partnered up with Flyte World Dining and Wine to put on an “Ode to Barbera” dinner. Featuring some the best wines from the Piemonte region of Italy. The event will be this Wednesday, Feb. 20, starting at 7:30 p.m., and will include commentary from “The Barberologist” himself, Fabrizio Iuli of the Iuli Winery.


Here’s the menu for the four-course dinner which will be paired with four different wines:

Charcuterie

Or

Beets with goat cheese (Vegetarian option)
Barbera del Monferrato “Umberta” 2011 Iuli

Duck breast

or

Trout (dare pairing fish with red wine!)
Barbera del Monferrato superiore “Rossore” 2008 Iuli
Monferrato Rosso "Malidea"

2007 Iuli
(60%nebbiolo/40%barbera)

Lamb Rack with gnocchi

or

Winter vegetables (Vegetarian option)
Barbera del Monferrato superiore “Barabba” 2006 Iuli (from 80 yrs old vines)
All wines are organic

$65 +tips and taxes
Limited seating
For reservations email to: 100percentitaliano_mp@comcast.net
(do not call the restaurant. Please add "dinner Iuli" in the headline of the email)


Grand Cru has issued several tasting alerts for Bites readers.

Today, Feb. 15, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. , they’ll be taking customers on a tour of Spain and Portugal as they taste new favorites from the region. First, they’ll be pulling the cork on some Volteo Garnacha, a bright wine with strong notes of red berries. Then they’ll pop a top on Oscar’s Red from the Douro region for an exceptionally food-friendly choice.

On Saturday from 3 to 4:30 p.m., they’ll be tasting Trianon Tequila at the Cru, so that should take the edge off of your post-Valentine’s discounted candy shopping excursion.

Also, if you don’t make it to Fabrizio Iuli’s dinner on Feb. 20, he’ll be stopping by Grand Cru early that evening to taste through and talk about his selection of wines.

Finally, Woodland Wine Merchant will be trialing two old-school Italian reds tomorrow at a drop-in tasting from 3 to 5 p.m. Enjoy sips of the 2011 Montesecondo "IGT Rosso Toscano" and 2007 Azienda Agricola la Torre "Rosso di Montalcino" and take home a bottle or two of each at really reasonable prices. You’ll be glad you did.

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