Meet My Italian Friends Kris and Briccotondo

It’s nice having friends. My latest two friends that I was introduced to by Trialto Wine Group hail from Italy; KRIS is from delle Venezie and Briccotondo from Piemonte.  Both like to enjoy food and wine experiences, and hope you enjoy them too.

KRIS is KRIS Pinot Grigio IGT, 2013 from the delle Venezie region, which is known for their Pinot Grigios.  Briccotondo is Fontanafredda Briccotondo Barbera DOC, 2013 from the Piemonte region.  Both located in the northern end of Italy, with Piemonte being in the west and Venizie in the east.

Both wines are nicely priced under $20 and are both available through the BCLDB stores.

My Reviews of KRIS and Briccotondo

KRIS Pinot Grigio IGT, 2013 ($17.99) – This wine has a very youthful, fruity nose, with aromas of pears, apples, and hints of honey, lime and white flowers.  It is dry with a heavier, silky/oily mouth feel.  You get a slight acidic prickle on your tongue.  It has light stone fruit flavours, with a hint of lime in the background.  It finishes quite citrusy and also has some leafiness or bitterness.

Rating: 3.5 Stars Round stone fruit and citrus with a light acidic prickle makes this an everyday sipper. Enjoy with seafood this summer.

KRIS Pinot Grigio IGT 2013

KRIS Pinot Grigio IGT 2013

Fontanafredda Briccotondo Barbera DOC, 2013 ($17.99) – Briccotondo is made from the Barbera grape, a red grape that I think produces very easy drinking wine, It’s higher acidity and lower tannins also make it very food friendly.  Wine from this grape is not usually meant to be aged for a long time, but for more immediate enjoyment.  This wine has an Old World woodiness to it on the nose, together with aromas of red cherries, plums, and nutmeg.  With some decanting time, the aromas were a bit subdued, but I was able to pick up some cocoa.  Dry, medium plus body with medium acidity and fine tannins.  Ripe cherries and plum fruit, with nutmeg and a hint of floweriness.  Raspberries show up mid palate together with a hint chocolate.  Light oak that is well integrated.  It finishes with some mouth watering acidity; a bit puckering.  Ripe cherries and more evident oak on the finish.

Rating: 4 Stars  Old World style wine that is a bit more fruit forward, and should pair nicely with everything from pizza, charcuterie, to grilled meats.

Fontanafredda Briccotondo Barbera DOC 2013

Fontanafredda Briccotondo Barbera DOC 2013

Drink Good Wine. That is my motto and I really want to help you drink good wine. What is good wine? That can be a different thing for each people. Some people prefer red wines. Some only like Cabernet Sauvignon. MyWinePal was started by Karl Kliparchuk, WSET. I spent many years with the South World Wine Society as the President and then cellar master. I met many great wine makers. I love to travel around the world, visiting wine regions and sharing my passion for food & wine with you. Come live vicariously through me, and enjoy all my recommended wines.