Ask Sid: Less expensive substitution for Nebbiolo or Pinot Noir wines?

November 13th, 2019
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Question: I like the style of nebbiolo and pinot noir red wines but find them rather expensive. Would you kindly recommend a possible alternative?

Answer: Your scribe is also a big fan of wines using the nebbiolo or pinot noir grapes. I agree they can be rather expensive if you go for the top cru Barbaresco, Barolo, or Burgundy. Some rather new good values to seek out include the expanding Langhe Nebbiolo quality wines, the better Bourgogne AC wines, – both being helped for riper grapes by climate change-  and pinot noir from Alsace, Germany & the New World. Suggest as an alternative you try the Baga (“berry”) indigenous grape from Portugal (especially from Bairrada or Dao) with some of those same characteristics of acid, tannins, food friendly, and some complexity. One top pioneer producer to look for is Luis Pato.


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November 13th, 2019

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