On a quest to find more good Alta Langa Sparkling wines we recently visited Bera in Neviglie.
We tried all the wines that were available and we’re very happy with what we found.
They have a full line of wines all done very well.
The Bera Brut Alta Langa was one of the best Alta Langa Spumante we have tried so far. It is a good representation of the Alta Langa DOC.
Made with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes grown above 400 meters to meet the requirements of the DOC along with being made “metodo classico” (meaning made like Champagne with a second fermentation in the bottle)
The wine was crisp, yeasty, toasty bread notes and the perfect dryness for our tastes.
The red wines were all of good quality consisting of Dolcetto, La Lena Barbera d’Alba, Langhe Nebbiolo, Sassito Langhe Rosso and
Barbaresco. Our favorite red was the Sassito Langhe Rosso, made from a blend of 70% Barbera, 20% Nebbiolo and 10% Merlot with 4 years aging, two of them being in wood. Tasty!
Lastly, we finished the tasting with a Moscato Passito “Nuovo Messagio”. We don’t drink a lot of Passito but this one really hit the spot.
Rich and spicy, not at all syrupy or cloying. We were tempted to drink the whole bottle!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Robert, Leslie and Cotta”
Neive (where we moved to this past July) had it’s anual mercatino di Natale and of course the new local artist,
Leslie Alexander, set up shop to sell her new work
No festival here in the Langhe, would be complete without the local chapter of 10th Alpini Regiment “Alpini Veci”.
These are former members of the elite mountain corps. Although they see themselves as on “leave” rather than retired veterans. They are always ready to serve up some grappa, wine, vin brule and roasted chestnuts.
FYI - Formed in 1872, they are the oldest active mountain infantry in the world.
How cool taking a “sleigh” ride in an 1,000 year old village.
Some of the local handmade products for sale