When looking for a special bottle to bring to a dinner party, you can't go wrong with a Barolo — unless, that is, the main course is fish. But for anything else, especially braised meats or roasts, a Barolo can hold its own with the best of
, France or Australia.
This one comes from the grand old house of Pio Cesare, founded way back in 1881, one of the first to bottle in Piedmont,
. The firm is now run by Cesare's great-grandson Pio Boffa. It's a fine example of classic Barolo and at a very good price for the quality. Fresh and round, it has a chiseled structure and wonderful balance. No need to wait on this one unless you want to: It's drinking beautifully now, superb with a roast duck or
(beef braised in red wine).
$47 to $57
What it goes with:
Roast duck, braised short ribs, roasts
Where to find it:
Amazing Grapes Wine Store in Rancho Santa Margarita, (949) 888-9463,
; Green Jug in Woodland Hills, (818) 887-9463,
; K&L Wine Merchants in Hollywood, (323) 464-9463,
; Los Angeles Wine Co. in Los Angeles, (800) 854-8466 and Palm Desert (760) 346-1763; Mel & Rose Wine & Spirits in West Hollywood, (323) 655-5557,
; Wally's Wine & Spirits in West Los Angeles, (310) 475-0606,
; and Wine Exchange in Orange, (714) 974-1454,