Barbera, Twin Peaks, Moderation and a “damn fine cup of coffee”

“I’m going to let you in on a secret. Every day, once a day, give yourself a present. Don’t plan it, don’t wait for it, just let it happen”– Special Agent Dale Cooper (Twin Peaks)

I miss Twin Peaks, and I miss Special Agent Dale Cooper. A man of duty, moderation and self-discipline. A man who lives his life with a higher moral code than the rest of us. However, even within the confines of his “Lynchian” universe he does not practice total abstinence. Instead, he is always aware and “present,” understanding that continuous simple pleasure in moderation is the key to a happy existence, “for a man who doesn’t love easily, loves too much.” Basically, Agent Cooper is the personification of Eastern philosophical thought. Just Google, “Agent Cooper is a Buddhist” if you want to dig deeper.

Unfortunately, in modern day America, the essence of Coop’s balanced philosophy has been replaced by two divergent extremes, excess and depravation. Like our current political environment there appears to be no middle and there are certainly fewer Agent Dale Coopers. Stuck between Dry-Januarys and Cirrhosis, I adhere to Coop’s philosophy; once a day, every day, to give myself a present, and just “let it happen.

Agent Cooper’s tipple of choice is a hot cup of black coffee accompanied by a slice of cherry or huckleberry pie. My daily “present” is a cool glass of red wine “paired with Life.” Since I adhere to Coop’s “everyday” mantra, I look for something dark, pleasing, versatile and affordable. All can be found in the Barbera’s of Roberto Ferraris. Specifically, his “I Suôrí” bottling, “And Diane… if you ever get up around this way, it’s worth a stop.”

Founded in 1923, the Ferraris estate consists of 22 acres in the district of Agliano Terme, the prime chop within the Barbera d’Asti zone. Barbera shines in this terroir. Roberto’s 70+ year old vines cradled within the property’s natural topographical amphitheater result in dark luxuriously stylized wines. In the glass, the 2018 “I Suôrí” bottling demonstrates vibrant streaks of ripe red fruit. Warm notes of raspberry dominate with hints of cranberry and subtle blue fruit notes linger towards the rim of the glass. The sumptuous rich fruit is accented by whispers of spice, chocolate and a kiss of mint.

“This is…excuse me, a damn fine glass of wine,” and goes pretty darn well with either cherry or huckleberry pie.


Give yourself a present!

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