While Barolo may be the king of Piedmont, its little brother, Barbera, cavorts around the region like a playboy prince, constantly reinventing itself and turning up in a variety of unexpected disguises.
Don't let its playboy status put you off from thinking this isn't a serious wine. It oozes sophistication - plum skins, loose leaf tea, leather, kirsch, tomato leaves and cherry wood. There's a charming sweetness of fruit on the palate that broadens in to more dark flavours when you take the first sip. It is superb with food, particularly Italian fare - tomato and meat ball ragu or brasato al barolo.