What’s in My Glass? Bardolino
Every now and then I’m inspired to open a bottle at 11 am. Most recently, that bottle was Albino Piona 2011 Bardolino, a blend of 3 grapes from the Veneto of Northern Italy.
Named for the town on the shores of Lake Garda, Bardolino has been an official DOC growing region since 1968, and is known for its young, brightly colored and fruity wines (AKA wines you would want to drink outside at your lakeside villa).
This was a pretty great 11 am wine, with a gorgeous cherry red color, and smelled like the love child of cherry lollipops and a pine forest. The light to medium-bodied juice was all lush berries in the mouth, with a great smooth finish and an aftertaste that was decidedly cranberry juice-esque, making it easy to keep sipping .and sipping and sipping.
These light and juicy flavors help make the blend of Italian grapes (Corvina, Rondinella, & Molinara) an excellent food wine–it agrees with almost anything, especially more subtly flavored pastas, poultry dishes, and pizza.
Saluté all day.
Laura Loves: Bardolino with Margherita pizza.
How this delicious Bardolino retails for just $14. (And other good ones can be found for as little as $8.)
Fun Facts: Bardolino wines are also made in rosé and sparkling (Spumante) styles.
Since 1987, Bardolino has also released a “Novello,” version similar to Beaujoulais Nouveau.
According to HelloVino.com, Bardolino is an excellent wine to pair with shark. (I wonder if it’s popular in Japan…)