Italy was the theme of this year’s wine festival and the grapes from the northern regions got a lot of play, especially the noble Nebbiolo. This rich sweet Piemonte grape is the basis for wines like Barolo and Barbaresco, and, due to its high tannin levels, tastes best when aged for a minimum of two to six years.
Barolo is the big daddy when it comes to body, but the generally more affordable Barbaresco is no wuss, either. Slightly lighter in colour than your typical red, Barbaresco has a full, round body that delivers a bouquet of violets, roses and smoke. Flavours of cherry, truffl e and fennel are common, along with an extremely smooth fi nish. Served best with rich meats and aged or spicy cheeses. BCLS $21.95.