For me Barbera is one of the last, pure expressions in red wine. As in a drink designed to invigorate the palate and prepare it for food. And to keep the palate stimulated throughout the meal. With the advent of red wine as a party drink (thanks to Shiraz) and as a hedonistic indulgence (thanks to California) the number of traditional gusty food wines has become limited. Barbera to the rescue.

The Mood for this wine: The need for an invigorating red for pasta or burger night. And Italian gusto!

MICHELE CHIARLO 18 Barbera “˜Le Orme’, Piedmont, Italy 265413 Vintages $15.95

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