With so much going on in our world right now, it is imperative that we take care of what is important to us. Our own health, our families, and of course those businesses that are near and dear to us. And since we’re eating and drinking at home a lot these days, we might as well hone those cooking skills and break out the good vino. And with our friends in Italy going through the most, I thought I’d pop open some great Italian vino. Enter Scarpa wine.
I rummaged around in the cellar and emerged with the 2008 Antica Casa Scarpa Barbera d’Asti La Bogliona. I was first exposed to Scarpa when Riikka Sukula came to Houston and poured a killer selection of wines from their portfolio. Founded in 1854, Scarpa is one of the pioneers of Piemonte and put the region on the map. In fact, Scarpa was among the first to bottle and label Barolo, in 1949, and they were among the founders of the Barolo and Barbaresco Consorzio. Interesting fact – though their cantina is though located in Nizza Monferrato and not in Barolo and Barbaresco, they are permitted to make those wines because of their historical importance and the fact that they’ve been making these wines for so long.
Taste along as I pair this fantastic Barbera with some tasty pork saltimbocca.