Grape(s): 100% Barbera
Localization: Piedmont, Italy
Tasting Notes: Ruby red with tints of purple, this wine has a persistent and attractive bouquet of black cherries and a bit of spice on the palate. Rich and well balanced, it has few tannins which is typical of the Barbera varietal.
Food pairing: Delightfully approachable, it is great with medium to strong cheeses, barbecue and game. Also wonderful with pizza, pasta and sandwiches.
The Domain: In the summer of 2006, Emanuele and Mary Beth Gaiarin purchased a modest vineyard covering a small hill in the heart of the Langhe growing region of Piedmont, Barbaresco DOC. The farm house, considered “new” by Italian standards, was built in the early 1800’s and most of the vines in the vineyard are as old. The cantina and cellar are dug out of the hill directly under the house. The previous owners and their ancestors made organic Dolcetto and Barbera wines from the grapes on the property for as far back as anyone in the village can remember. The small cellar holds eight 7,000 liter cement tanks and a 100 year old grape press.
Emanuele and Mary Beth live part of the year in the farm house located on the estate where they oversee the winemaking using sustainable farming practices. They are creating excellent indigenous wines that are sold primarily in the United States at “every day” affordable prices, a concept that many wine estates around them reject since the glory is in the more expensive wines. The US market, however, has enthusiastically embraced the Tati wines and the concept behind them (see the press page). Emanuele Gaiarin, a native of the coastal Veneto region of Italy, and Mary Beth Gaiarin, a native of Washington, D.C., are also founders and owners of Siema Wines, a U.S. importer and distributor of fine wines from small, family-owned estates from all over the world, located in Virginia and with distribution in fifteen east coast and mid-western states.
Emanuele & Mary Beth Gaiarin