Sip of the Day

February 3, 2022

Day #[wpdts-day-of-year start=”post-created”] of the year.

Michele Chiarlo La Court Nizza Riserva DOCG

I’ve been asked, “How do you choose what book to read?” Normally it’s me consulting my TBR list that I’ve kept since high school (seriously), but this time the choice came from a new book club organized by my overseas friend Valerie Quintanilla. “Let Me Tell You What I Mean” by Joan Didion struck me as intriguingly prescient. It’s a collection of the late author’s early writing from 1968 to 2000. If her latest essay was written over 20 years ago, why do we grapple with the same issues today? The answer is either we’ve learned nothing, or Joan Didion was just that perceptive. I chose Michele Chiarlo La Court Nizza Riserva DOCG to pair with it, a 100% Barbera. Barbera can be simple, fruity, easy to drink, easy to love; while at the same time has gained complexity and great expression in the past few decades, especially Nizza. Like Joan Didion’s essays are easy to read and start with simple subjects—photography, not getting into the college of your choice, or (my personal favorite) Martha Stewart—her writing delves deep and opens your mind towards complicated questions. La Court Nizza Riserva DOCG starts out easy—it’s Barbera!—and ends with nuance.


Piedmont, Italy


100% Barbera

Michele Chiarlo Barbera Nizza Cipressi DOCG

Tasting Notes

Intense ruby red. The aromas are surprising for its clarity and elegance, with notes of red fruit, mature cherry, raspberry and the sweet notes of tobacco. On the palate, it is complex, structured and impressive for its fresh softness and roundness with pleasing savory finish.

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Food Match

This is a very pleasant wine, easy to match with many international dishes. It is especially good with pasta dishes with different sauces as well as poultry and red meats (beef and pork).


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