This is not your rustic Barbera but a wonderfully elegant example from the renowned Barbaresco producer Giovanni Pasquero-Elia. A gorgeous ruby red, the 2010 Paitin Barbera "Serra" is soft and silky in texture, intense and so fresh with flavors of cherries, blueberries, mint and spice.
The Barbera shines with a platter of salumi and with hearty pasta dishes. Pour it with
And while you're shopping, keep an eye out for his other bottling "Campolive."
Region: Piedmont, Italy
Price: About $22
Style: Rich and spicy
What it goes with: Salumi, rustic pasta dishes, vegetarian dishes, burgers