Need a change from smooth Shiraz or blockbuster Cabernet? Looking for a red with get-up-and-go? Want a red that likes to partner with foods other than red meats? How about a red with Italian gusto? If you have ticked a few of these boxes I suggest you look below at Barbera, the everyday wine of millions of Italians. Hardly everyday-priced for us, but think of the joy of the Italian feeling. Have your first bottle with traditional red-sauced pasta, and after that any evening when smooth is not on your radar. Lightly chill, and may I suggest a glass or two as you prep supper.
MICHELE CHIARLO 16 Barbera d’Asti ‘Le Orme’, Piedmont 265413 Vintages $15.95