The Cellar: Barrington’s Grapes & Grains
Friday, February 08, 2013
Grapes & Grains is a unique wine shop boasting a rapidly growing selection of fine wines, craft beers and specialty spirits. One of the things that make this place unique is its wide selection. As one of only two places for alcohol in the city, Grapes & Grains must have something for everyone and does, by offering everything from box wine for the value-driven consumer to Grand Cru Burgundies and Classified Bordeaux for the wine buyer at the other end of the spectrum – all at great prices I might add.
Among the most popular sections of Grapes & Grains is the ‘Under $12’ wine section, which offers close to 100 different selections from around the world, as well as the craft beer section which offers discounts on regular sized mix-&-match 4 & 6-packs. During a recent visit I met with general manager Peter Andrews, who gave me the grand tour and introducing me to some of his favorite Italian wines including one that was near and dear to his heart.
Wine 1 — 2011 Kerner, Abbazia di Novacella, Alto Adige, Italy - $20.99
The first wine Peter recommended was the 2011 Kerner from Abbazia di Novacella. This old Estate is located just south of the Alps in the northernmost part of Italy where cool-climate white grape varieties constitute
Wine 2 — 2010 Iuli, Umberta, Barbera del Monferrato, Italy - $13.99
This week’s second wine is from a family owned and operated Estate located in northwestern Italy. Peter, who recently spent time in Italy, worked alongside winemaker Fabrizio Iuli in making this wine. The Iuli Estate
Barbera is a versatile red grape varietal and is made into many different styles of wine ranging from light and sparkling to concentrated and rich. The 2010 Umberta Barbera was aged in stainless steel for 8-9 months making it a fruit-forward version displaying ripe red fruits with a refreshing sour cherry finish. It is bottled unfiltered so while light and zesty in flavor, it has a considerable weight on the palate. Good food wine and a steal at $13.99!
Wine 3 — 2011 Rosso del Popolo, Cantine di Indie, Langhe, Italy - $16.99
The last wine Peter pointed out was the 2011 Rosso del Popolo, which is made by Eugenio Bocchino a famous Barolo producer who lives in La Morra, Piedmont. This wine is a blend of 50% Nebbiolo and 30%
Come and visit Grapes & Grains and let their courteous and knowledgeable staff guide you towards your next favorite wine! If you are looking for something fun to do this Thursday (Valentine’s Day!) you should stop by for a complimentary chocolate raspberry, strawberry Champagne and pink velvet cupcakes. Plus enjoy 15% off any wine sampled as well as a complimentary chair massage. For more information visit Grapes & Grains' Facebook page.
Steffen Rasch is a Certified Sommelier and Specialist of Wine. Feel free to email him at [email protected] with any wine-related question. And as always, don’t forget to follow GoLocalProv’s Wine Cellar on Facebook and sign up for one of his tastings through the Providence Wine Academy.
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