The Barbanera family have made delicious winesat their Tuscan estate since 1938. Today, siblings Marco, Paolo(Sofia’s dad) and Simona are at the helm, but a new generation isgearing up to one day take the reins. Sofia’s been under the tutelageof the Barbanera’s highly acclaimed winemaker, Mario Ercolino. He’staught her everything he knows (including the techniques he uses todraw out maximum perfume and elegance from grapes).
With its bright fruit flavors, notesof herb and crisp minerality, Saracosa will make fora mouthwatering aperitif. I’ll also pair well withentrée salads like Cobb (with or without whitemeats). At dinner time, serve it with oven-bakedtilapia, roasted chicken or grilled pork tenderloin –they’ll all be especially delicious when seasonedwith lemon, garlic and rosemary.