It doesn’t take me more than 30 seconds to think about one of my favorite Italian wines from the hills of Piacenza. Appreciated by popes and kings and those who would be including Napoleon, Michelangelo and me.
Colli Piacentini Gutturnio is made from two of my cousin Roberto’s favorite grapes, Barbera (70%) and Bonarda (30%). It has a brilliant ruby red color with shades of purple red and an aroma of dried cherries and spice. Because it is little known outside of Italy and often overshadowed by the wines of Tuscany, this wine may not be as familiar as a Chianti, Brunello or a Super Tuscan but well worth your consideration.I had this wine at an afternoon meal in the medievale taverna of Castello di Gropparello with cheese and laurel, tortellini, pork and a chocolate semifreddo for dessert, made in the castle kitchen. Molto buono.