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For your Thanksgiving consideration: Brusco dei Barbi

Ray Isle, executive wine editor for Food and Wine has called it “the most affordable wine from this renowned Brunello estate.”

This wine, a classic Tuscan red, he wrote, “has light herbal notes and gentle red berry fruit.”

It’s a classic expression of Sangiovese from the Tuscan coast, with a little bit of Merlot added to the blend. It was conceived for pairing with the type of rich dishes that are typically served during the holiday season in the U.S. It’s light and fresh on the nose and on the palate and its juicy fruit flavors seem to jump right out of the glass.

But the thing that really takes this wine over the top, especially when you’re looking for a crowd-pleaser to serve at a large holiday gathering, is the super price (generally below $20). When you’ve got a lot of hungry and thirsty guests coming over, you need something that won’t break the bank.

It’s a crowd-pleaser, yes, but it still tastes like Tuscany: Some say that it reminds them of the wines you used to find in the osterie of another era. As much as he loves his Brunello, Fattoria dei Barbi owner and winemaker Stefano Cinelli Colombini always reaches for his Brusco dei Barbi when he sits down for a meal at the estate’s Taverna dei Barbi.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Enjoy!

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