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Barbera Wine Series: Barbera d’Asti, the top Monferrato wine

Ready to get deeper into your barbera wine education? Next up: your guide to the top Monferrato wine, Barbera d’Asti. We’ve got all you need to know about styles, production, and Barbera d’Asti wine DOCG requirements.  In our first piece on barbera wine, we took a broad look at the barbera grape and the resulting …

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Barbera Wine Series: Get to know one of the Best Italian Wines

If you like Scarpa, chances are you are a barbera wine drinker. Since its our specialty, let’s explore the grape starting with a proper introduction. Ready to learn about barbera wine? We’ve put together a series to explore this robust, tantalizing Italian red wine. This post covers: the barbera grape, origin and history, grape and wine …

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A unique multi-vintage library of top Piedmontese wines.

Last week, we sat down and thumbed through some old editions of the Gambero Rosso Guide to the Wines of Italy. All of them dated back to the era when Slow Food was still publishing the guide and Slow Food founder Carlo Petrini was still the editor-in-chief. We found three great quotes about Mario Pesce …

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“Nebbiolo might be the crown jewel of Piemonte, but Freisa is its buried treasure.”

A few days ago, Cult of the Vine, the popular Australian wine shop in Brunswick (Melbourne, Victoria) posted the above photo on its Instagram with the following note: “Nebbiolo might be the crown jewel of Piemonte, but Freisa is its buried treasure.” The post brought to mind an op-ed published by Carlo Petrini, founder of …

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VIDEO: Scarpa winemaker Silvio Trinchero presents Barbera d’Asti I Bricchi 2015.

The third in our series of educational videos by winemaker Silvio Trinchero. In this episode, he presents the estate’s Barbera d’Asti I Bricchi, one of its historic crus. In the 1970s, Scarpa became one of the first wineries — one of just of two at the time — to release a cru- or single-vineyard-designate Barbera. …

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VIDEO: Scarpa winemaker Silvio Trinchero discusses the estate’s classic Barbera d’Asti “Casa Scarpa”

This is the second in a series of educational videos on the Scarpa estate and winery and its wines. In this clip, winemaker Silvio Trinchero presents Scarpa’s classic Barbera d’Asti known as “Casa Scarpa” which we could translate as “Domaine Scarpa.” It’s one of our most approachable and affordable wines yet it also captures the …

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VIDEO: Scarpa winery and estate overview with winemaker Silvio Trinchero

We asked Scarpa winemaker SIlvio Trinchero to prepare this short video including an overview of the estate and winery and the portfolio of wines we produced. Silvio worked side-by-side with Scarpa’s historic cellar master Carlo Castino for more than a decade before taking over as chief winemaker. (Carlo, who lives at the winery still tastes …

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20-year-old Scarpa Dolcetto by-the-glass at Perbacco in San Francisco

One of the things that makes Antica Casa Scarpa such a unique winery is its vast library of back vintages. And not just back vintages of Barbera d’Asti La Bogliona (its top wine), Barolo, and Barbaresco. The wine cellar at Scarpa, which stretches back to the 1970s and beyond, also includes bottlings of other native …

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Snow comes early to Piedmont (and a nugget of wisdom from the past)

Snow came early to Piedmont wine country this year. That’s a photo (above) taken on Friday, November 15 by Scarpa director Riikka Sukula. She shot it from her house in Serralunga d’Alba where, as she wrote on her Facebook, she and her family haven’t ever seen the snow come so early in the 15+ years …

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