Barbera d’Alba, Italy, $19.99
“This is a dark and nicely balanced wine to drink with hearty pasta dishes topped with grated cheese and meat ragù. The 2016 Barbera d'Alba is a terrific food wine with bright acidity and saline, almost salty flavor qualities. All of this makes your mouth water. Fruity tones of black cherry and dried blackberry wrap thickly over the palate. Fruit is sourced from six vineyard sites and blended here. Give this wine another six months of bottle time before popping the cork.” Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate 237.