||Terre della Tosa
The Gutturnio DOC is tucked in the hills outside of Piacenza in the west end of Emilia-Romagna. Its name is derived from the Latin word gutturnium, an ancient Roman jug-like drinking vessel. Gutturnio is always a red, and must be composed of barbera and bonarda, also known as croatina. La Tosa is the project of two brothers, Stefano and Ferruccio, who were born in Milan, but whose mutual passion for wine and agriculture led them to buy a historic farmhouse outside of Piacenza and set up their own winery. They produced their first vintage in 1985, and today have 19 hectares of vines, spread across 6 different vineyard sites in Colli Piacentini (2 of which they lease). Besides barbera and bonarda, they also grow local white varieties malvasia di candia, ortrugo, and trebbiano romagnolo, as well as some sauvignon blanc, cabernet sauvignon, and merlot. This bottling is the brothers’ table wine, meant to be fresh and friendly, with typical, racy barbera fruit, and a darker, structural undertone provided by the bonarda. Perfect next to a fall antipasto of sliced salami and smoky speck, with a firm cheese and some local concord grapes.