Barbera, the most popular varietal grown in Piedmont, is what you'll find the locals drinking there because the wine is so approachable soon after bottling. It's also just plain delicious. Vibrant red cherry, plum and licorice flavors are the focus in this shining example, with hints of leather and spice adding interest. Enjoy this delightful expression of the grape alongside a simple pasta dish to complete the Italian experience.
Recipe PairingsPork Rib Ragù with Polenta
Hybrid grape varieties, though not known for making particularly tasty wine, are a cross of grape varieties from different species. Hybrid vines, however, are much more resilient to harsh weather and agricultural diseases and fungi.