nov. 14, 2010: i bought this thinking i wanted to try something new, something i hadn't had before. but when we popped it open, greg thought it was bland, and i thought it was a strange mixture of sweet and salty. something really felt off about this italian, so we decided we'd bring it into winetree the next day to explain our issues with it. i know i'm far from a wine expert, and that's especially the case with barbera, which i've never had before. hopefully we either had a bad bottle, or we're just looking at this bottle the wrong way. 12.5 percent alcohol. about $11.
this column runs as "bottle by bottle" in the evansville courier and press twice or so a month. the focus is on wines, food and how they intersect. if i receive gifts, i'll tell you. photo credits are noted. i buy most of my wines from winetree, varsity liquors, schnucks, the fresh market, kwik liquor and winestyles (in evansville, ind.); big red liquors and sahara mart (in bloomington, ind.); vecchio's italian market (in newburgh, ind.); whole foods (in st. louis); and binny's (in chicago.) also, i do try a number of wines that i don't necessarily mention in the column, through travels to france and other markets (germany, hungary, italy, etc.) that don't sell wines i can find here. those experiences factor into my tasting descriptions, even if i don't mention them in the column, so keep all that in mind. i write the column to tell my readers in the evansville, ind., area what i consider to be flavorful, balanced and good-value wines for sale in this area.