Excuse me for penning another Barbera recommendation – but when well crafted it is one of the world’s best medium-bodied reds. Best as in perfect with almost any food (except the richest), and the tangy dryness stimulates the appetite in the fashion of a white wine. A glass or two as you prepare supper, and the rest with your burger, pizza, wings or left overs. For me Barbera is Italy’s edition of Pinot – perhaps a shade more earthy. Michele Chiarlo is a modernist in Piedmont, hence the fantastic drinkability in this wine.

MICHELE CHIARLO 2014 Barbera d’Asti ‘Le Orme’ Piedmont, Italy 265413 Vintages $13.95

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