If Barolo and Barbaresco are the king and queen of Italy’s Piedmont region, barbera, based on the grape of the same name, is the blue-collar red. But there’s regal blood in this outstanding example from Borgogno. Medium full–bodied and juicy, it’s exceptionally ripe, with fresh berries and violet and a tamer acid bite than most barberas. Suitable for truffled risotto, it would also match well with grilled sausages or roasted meats. Available in Ontario.