This weekend, we opened a bottle of wine from the Piedmont region of Italy. It was from one of my favorite wine makers, Giuseppino Anfosi. He owns and operates the Ghiomo winery in the village of Guarene, not far from Alba.
Don’t worry, I am getting to the wine, I just wanted to put in a plug for Giuseppino and his great wines. I recently published a novel, “The Salome Effect,” which is set in Italy. The main character in the story enjoys his wine and I devoted two chapters talking about one particular wine from the Ghiomo winery. That is how much I love this stuff!
Anyway, the bottle we opened, and thoroughly enjoyed was a 1995 Sansteu. It is made with 100% Nebbiolo grapes grown in the agricultural zone designated for Nebbiolo d’Alba (there are other agricultural zones for the Nebbiolo grape which, depending on where it grows, can have quite a range of flavor and structure).
Unlike the most famous (and more expensive) Nebbiolo-based wines from here (Barolo and Barbaresco), this one has a light texture. The fruit is dominant, offering strawberry and cherry tones. The wine is slightly tannic, just enough to let you know you are drinking an important wine, but the sensation is agreeable rather than being overwhelming.
As for the cost? I paid 9 euros a bottle (about $14 US).
Experts will tell you it’s a great wine to pair with meat or aged cheese. I like it all by itself, too.
Ghiomo wines are imported to North America and to a number of European countries. If you see a bottle – any bottle – with the Ghiomo label, buy it immediately.