What’s the Perfect Everyday Wine?

Just like every wise home cook has a collection of essentials in their pantry to use for a quick and satisfying meal, every smart wine lover should have a well-stocked inventory of wine bottles. Whether it’s to aid you during a bad case of the Mondays, alongside a take out dinner, or with last-minute company, every household has a need for an everyday wine. I am always prepared, with a generous stash of perfect wines for any and all occasions.

There are wines that have a place in every home, and Mazzoni’s Piemonte Barbera is one of them. Need a wine to pair with the delivery pizza you just ordered? Or a pleasurable bottle to bring with you to a friend’s house? How about a wine to enjoy as you’re busy catching up on all your TV shows? Grab a bottle of Mazzoni Piemonte Barbera from your collection and you’re good to go.

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I recently added the newest release, the 2012 Mazzoni Piemonte Barbera, to the list of wines I hoard several of at a time to save me during those everyday emergencies. Made completely with barbera grapes from Italy’s Piemonte region, the wine is full of elegant aromas of black cherries and dried flowers, with raspberry tart flavors. It’s a juicy and extremely gulpable wine — in the very best way. Its mild tannins and bright acidity make it an excellent match with a range of foods, too. This is an excellent wine for pizza night, with grilled meats, or even just by itself on a Tuesday night.

It’s fitting that one of my favorite everyday red wines is made from Barbera. In Piemonte, the wine region that Barbera calls home, it’s often referred to as “the people’s wine.” Unlike the Barolo and Barberesco wines made from Nebbiolo in the same region that are saved for special occasions, Barbera is affordable and an everyday sensation. In my experience, I’ve found the best Barbera comes from Asti (located in the Piemonte region), which is where Mazzoni grows their Barbera for this wine. You can taste the quality of the grapes upon first sip of the wine, and its elegance lasts until the very last drop.

If you haven’t already established a small collection of wine at home, get started. And if you love Barbera as much as I do, perhaps consider buying a whole case. I promise you’ll find plenty of reasons in your everyday life to uncork a bottle.

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