Riverdale Wines presents the wines of Poderi Rosso Giovanni at Bricco Kitchen and Wine Bar November 8.

Lionello Rosso and Jerry Gain at Poderi Rosso Giovanni, and their renown Barbera d’Asti.

Join Riverdale Wine and A Perfect Tour’s Jerry Gain and Poderi Rosso Giovanni’s winemaker, Lionello Rosso, for special meal at Bricco Kitchen and Wine Bar, Thursday, November 8. Chef Cherie Dee Leal will present a four course Piemonte meal to pair with Lionello Rosso’s renown Barbera d’Asti. Cost: $95 (plus tax and tip). Please contact Bricco here or call 416 901 4536 to reserve now.

WHO: Piedmont winemaker Lionello Rosso of Poderi Rosso Giovanni.
WHAT: A four course Piedmont dinner paired with Lionello’s wines.
WHERE: Bricco Kitchen and Wine Bar, 3047 Dundas Street West.
WHEN: 7pm, Thursday, November 8th.
WHY: The Rosso family has been wine from the Barbera grape in Asti for generations at their boutique winery. Bricco opened in 2014 to acclaimed with Chef Justin Zamperin’s focus on the cuisine for which Poderi Rosso Giovanni makes their wines. It will be a perfect pairing.

$95 per person (plus tax and gratuity).
Contact Bricco here or call 416 901 4536 to reserve now.

More About Poderi Rosso Giovanni…

Lionello Rosso’s family has been producing wine for over three generations and he has been in charge of the family business since 1999. The 12 hectares of vineyards and the cellar are located in the municipality of Agliano Terme, between Langhe and Monferrato, in the Unesco area. This winery has chosen to produce only one specific wine: the Barbera d’Asti DOCG in all of its different varieties. The reasoning for doing this is to obtain the best from an area and terroir (earth) particularly suited to the cultivation of this wine.

The wines produced with great care by Lionello and his family are:

Barbera d’Asti “San Bastian”: This is the most classic version of Barbera d’Asti vinified entirely in steel with a short cold maceration before fermentation that expresses the grape characteristics to the full, enhancing the fruity notes accompanied by a good structure typical of Agliano Barbera. This wine is suitable for immediate consumption but can be aged for 2-3 years. It also can be paired with any dish.

Barbera d’Asti Superiore “Cascina Perno”: This wine is a modern interpretation of the tradition. Aged in steel and wood gives this wine elegance and softness that enhances the fruity sensations of blackberries and blueberries accompanied by notes of vanilla. As a structured wine with good tannins it maintains a very pleasant drinkability even after several years. 

Barbera d’Asti Superiore “Carlinet”: This wine is the highest expression of Barbera and is obtained from the best vineyards of the winery with very low yields per hectare that enhance its power and structure. Refinement in small oak barrels of this wine increases its complexity and longevity. With an intense and deep colour this wine presents itself to the nose with a set of sensations reminiscent of small red fruits, cocoa and spices. Its taste is intense, persistent broad and silky. This wine is suitable for lengthy storage. 

Monferrato Rosso “Finally”: This wine, produced in limited quantities, is the result of the blending of Barbera and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Great attention to the maturation phase of the grapes and ageing in small oak barrels enables an excellent balance between the two grape varieties that complement each other. This structured, complex and elegant wine in which you can find sensations of jam and ripe fruit combined with balanced tannins can be stored for a long time. 

All of these wines have the Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) classification which is the highest classification Italian wines can be awarded. It means that there are (controllata) controlled production methods and (garantita) guaranteed wine quality for each bottle.

There are strict rules governing the production of DOCG wines: the grape varieties, yield limits, grape ripeness, winemaking procedures, and barrel and bottle maturation. Every DOCG wine is subject to official tasting procedures and to prevent counterfeiting, the bottles have a numbered government seal. Today there are approximately 73 wines with DOCG status in Italy. The minimum alcohol levels are 12% for Barbera d’Asti normale, and 12.5% for Barbera d’Asti Superiore, although some wines can reach 14.5% alcohol.

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