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Perched on the rolling foothills before stunning snow capped alps, Piedmont in Italy’s northwest is not just a serious wine capital.  From white truffles to hazelnuts, it’s got food cred as the birthplace of the Slow Food movement and is a UNESCO World heritage area for its culture of food and drink.

Red or white?
Whilst there’s some white here, the red grapes rule the roost.  Chief among them the trio of Nebbiolo, Barbera and Dolcetto. The thread uniting this gang are persistent tannins, savoury red fruit and their elegant perfume.

Grapes
White: Moscato, Cortese
Red: Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto

Style
Nebbiolo with its floral nose, layers of complex flavour, and fierce tannin and acid, is capable of ageing and evolving over decades. Whether from single vineyards or blends, it’s at its finest in both Barolo and Barbaresco. 

For both price and performance Dolcetto is the everyday star, whilst Barbera’s acid and dusty red fruit will appeal to Pinot drinkers.

And you might know Moscato? The village of Asti, its home base, gifted this joyful, floral fizz to the world.  Known as frizzante for its slightly sweet, slightly sparkling style. 

Favourite Producers
Rizzi, Marchesi Alfieri, Matteo Correggia, Francesco Rinaldi, Gianfranco Alessandria, GD Vajra, Vietti, Giacomo Conterno, Massolino, Produttori del Barbaresco, Bruno Giacosa, Forteto della Luja


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  1. Picollo Ernesto Gavi 2020
    Picollo Ernesto Gavi 2020
    Gavi is a classification of wine made from the Cortese grape variety. It produces aromatic wines with bright acidity which match incredibly well with seafood. Gavi's location is quite proximate to the sea, although it's separated by the Ligurian Alps.
     
    Gianlorenzo Picollo oversees the small estate with his wife Silvia, and together they manage the winery with Gianlorenzo's parents. Fifteen hectares of Cortese vineyards with vines up to 80 years old are cultivated by traditional methods, and without the use of chemicals.

    A little punch of lime atop green pear and apple aromas are followed by nice wet stone fresh cut mountain herb that linger lightly. Dry zesty on the palate finishing with a crunch of acidity and appley tang. Nice little bit of texture rounds out some of the angles nicely. A great summer drink.
    2020
    Cortese
    Italy
    457
    Special Price $24.00 Regular Price $30.00
  2. Paolo Scavino Vino da Tavolo Rosso 2019
    Paolo Scavino Vino da Tavolo Rosso 2019
    Paolo Scavino owns 29 hectares entirely in the Barolo area and works on 20 Barolo historical crus located in Castiglione Falletto, Barolo, La Morra, Novello, Serralunga d'Alba, Verduno and Roddi. The Scavino family distinguishes itself from the beginning by their scrupulous care of the vineyards and passion for terroir. Their core beliefs is the supremacy of the viticulture above the oenology therefore the focus is the care of the vines in order to grow ripe and healthy grapes. In winemaking minimal and equal intervention are sought, to preserve natural diversities, terroir.

    While they may be well know for their excellent Barolo this wine is always one that sucks us in when we try it. Nebbiolo from younger vines and those that don't quite make the cut go into this delicious Piemontese red. This is a match made in heaven with Nebbiolo's firey tannin and acid tempered by the plush and juicy barbera. It's aromatically lifted with a touch of bitumen and earth to the cruncy red fruits. Pretty and lithe but with lovely sweet red fruits. This is so easy to drink and wonderfully balanced. Its such a delicious drink and screams for a hearty Italian pasta.
    2019
    Barbera, Nebbiolo
    Italy
    457
    Special Price $24.00 Regular Price $30.00
  3. Gianfranco Alessandria Barbera d'Alba 2019
    Gianfranco Alessandria Barbera d'Alba 2019
    The Gianfranco Alessandria 2019 Barbera d'Alba is a tart and punchy expression, with bright cherry and a dusting of crushed aspirin or limestone. The wine touches down on the palate with just the right fruit weight and intensity, showing a mid-weight texture and nice acidity to keep the palate revived and fresh. This is such a versatile and natural foodie wine to pair with any hearty home-cooked meal, especially something buttery and French. Some 15,000 bottles were made. MONICA LARNER, eRobertParker.com
    2019
    Barbera
    Italy
    457
    Special Price $25.60 Regular Price $32.00
  4. Gianfranco Alessandria Barbera d'Alba 2017
    Gianfranco Alessandria Barbera d'Alba 2017

    The 2017 Barbera d'Alba (with 12,000 bottles made) shows a tight and compact expression that releases lots of generous fruit, mostly blackberry and summer cherry, especially prominent in this hot vintage. In fact, this native grape shows its best results in the warm growing seasons. Sweet candied cherry and blackberry preserves brighten the palate (the wine only sees contact with stainless steel). Try it with a mincemeat pie. MONICA LARNER

    2017
    Barbera
    Italy
    457
    Special Price $27.20 Regular Price $34.00
  5. Le Marie Dolcetto d'Alba 2020
    Le Marie Dolcetto d'Alba 2020

    The winery "Le Marie" comes from the passion for winemaking of the owner Valerio, his wife Luigina, and their children Simona and Daniele. The result are wines of personality, pure and elegant, produced in limited quantity and in respect of the territory, with environmentally friendly practices. The ten hectares of vineyards are between 400 and 450 meters. The land is rich in minerals that give the wines great structure and wonderful nuance.

    Packed full of up-front blue and red fruits laced with peppery spice and vanilla. The palate is pliant and soft with a little nervy energy that flows through the red raspberry and currant fruit. A soft little snap of tannin that buttresses the sweet fruit nicely adds a little extra complexity. This is perfect trattoria fair and super versatile on the dinner table.

    2015
    Dolcetto
    Italy
    457
    Special Price $27.20 Regular Price $34.00
  6. Turin Vermouth Drapo Vermouth Dry 18% alc
    Turin Vermouth Drapo Vermouth Dry 18% alc
    A dry vermouth of exceptional quality and refined organoleptic characteristics achieved through the harmonization of a selection of fine wines, fortified with alcohol, sweetened with sugar and reinvigorated with a select blend of herbs and spices. An intense, lingering taste with fresh, fruity characteristics. This dry vermouth is extremely complex yet pleasing and elegant with notes of Iris Florentina and bitter orange. An excellent base for creative cocktails. DRAPO
    Vermouth
    Italy
    457
  7. Diego & Damiano Barale Dolcetto 2020
    Diego & Damiano Barale Dolcetto 2020

    Fruit entirely sourced from San Giovanni. Raised in stainless steel and bottled after 6-8 months.

    I've seen plenty of 2020 Dolcetto and Barbera so far and the early reputation of the vintage is on full show. This is another superb example, bright and crunchy blue and red fruits and red petals highlight the joy of this variety. Vibrant and lifted and then repeated on the palate with a nice plushness and a drag of buffering tannin. The variety doesn't make you stop in your tracks for profundity but it does for sheer exuberance and this example is one of the best you'll see. I tasted this over two days, the second day at breakfast time and it's hard to spit out such is the allure of the red and blue fruits, easy structure and general deliciousness. MICHAEL MCNAMARA, PWS

                

    2019
    Dolcetto
    Italy
    457
    Special Price $28.00 Regular Price $35.00 As low as $26.00
  8. Massolino Langhe Nebbiolo 2019 375ml
    Massolino Langhe Nebbiolo 2019 375ml

    This wine just gets better and better. Early vintages of the Nebbiolo were sourced exclusively from Massolino's younger vines in Serralunga from three different sites - a declassified Barolo if you like.

    The blend is roughly one-third from each terroir, and there's little doubt the sum of these three sites has bought even more brightness and early drinking appeal to what was already an outstanding Langhe Nebbiolo. Like all Massolino Nebbiolo, it was aged in large Slavonian oak casks (although the Langhe only spends 15 months in wood, as compared to 24-plus months for the Barolo wines).

    From a classical vintage that spotlighted perfume, purity and freshness, this is a strikingly pretty wine: wonderfully vibrant and perfumed with great acidity and energy and aromas and flavours that suggest rose, cranberry, blackberry and all kinds of spice. Super drinking already. PWS

    2019
    Nebbiolo
    Italy
    457
    Special Price $28.80 Regular Price $36.00
  9. Correggia Roero Arneis 2020 (Screwcap)
    Correggia Roero Arneis 2020 (Screwcap)

    Correggia is one of those rare and special producers that we are very proud to be associated with. A family affair from the outset with a vision to demonstrate just how good Roero could be. That vision continues to be realised and built upon today with the hard-work and dedication of Ornella, Giovanni and Luca the driving force.

    Small tweaks and incremental changes in vinification and winemaking have seen the wines improve every year. The quality across the board has always been top of their class and further cements this outstanding estate as one of the pre-eminent producers in the region. It would certainly be no stretch to call them a leading light in the heart and hearts of Roero.

    This is another great rendition. A hint of tropical fruit that lends an almost riesling like element to the wine, along with a floral hint. There is a some lovely depth to the fruit and that bit of extra flesh show so nicely on this wine. Still fresh and zippy on the finish with a little phenolic grip that carries the orchard fruits into a long, gentle close. Yum!

    2020
    Arneis
    Italy
    457
    Special Price $28.80 Regular Price $36.00
  10. Correggia Roero Arneis 2019 (Screwcap)
    Correggia Roero Arneis 2019 (Screwcap)

    Correggia is one of those rare and special producers that we are very proud to be associated with. A family affair from the outset with a vision to demonstrate just how good Roero could be. That vision continues to be realised and built upon today with the hard-work and dedication of Ornella, Giovanni and Luca the driving force.

    Small tweaks and incremental changes in vinification and winemaking have seen the wines improve every year. The quality across the board has always been top of their class and further cements this outstanding estate as one of the pre-eminent producers in the region. It would certainly be no stretch to call them a leading light in the heart and hearts of Roero.

    Always a go-to Arneis for me. This wine is so incredibly versatile with many food scenarios, a little aperitivo situation, or even on its own. The area is known for a specific variety of peaches and once you know this you can't help but pick up those aromatics on the nose and palate. Peaches and stone fruits galore, coupled with lemon zest, elderflower, pear, and apple. I feel like I'm lying in a field of wildflowers surrounded by fresh fruit trees when I drink this. If that doesn't transport you, I don't know what will! A perfect Arneis to start with when exploring the varietal or for those who want a classic representation of the grape. Fantastic to drink all year long. KAILA, PWS

    2019
    Arneis
    Italy
    457
    Special Price $30.40 Regular Price $38.00
  11. Rizzi Barbera d'Alba 2018
    Rizzi Barbera d'Alba 2018
    While Cantine Rizzi is better know for their Barbaresco we are especially enamoured with their Barbera. Still made in a traditional style with no new oak and is a slightly more serious style it seriously over-delivers.

    Aromas of ripe black plum, black-skinned berry and a whiff of violet that flows on to a soft, juicy palate. There are some smokey, minerally notes that poke their head through the fleshy black raspberry and dark cherry. Definitely a bit of grunt behind it with some pliant fine tannins but all done with class. PWS
    2018
    Barbera
    Italy
    457
    Special Price $30.40 Regular Price $38.00
  12. Correggia Roero Nebbiolo 2018
    Correggia Roero Nebbiolo 2018

    On of our newest members, Dylan has chosen this for his staff pick for 2021, here's why:

    As the end of another year looms and the festive season seems to have started already, I’ve decided to lighten the load for my family — I’ve told Grandma to ditch the Christmas cake and buy a bottle of this Nebbiolo instead. When a wine bustles with spices & juicy cherries why bother with a cake? More Grandma Dylan time and less time baking I say. Enjoy. DYLAN VAN OIRSCHT, PWS


    If Cru Barolo is Kanye, this wine is Drake. Sure Kanye is a more serious offering and inspires deeper, layered conversations and thought, but really, who do you want to bring to the party when lockdown ends. I'm texting Drake. 

    First little whiff and it's a joy already, it smells like Christmas morning with perfectly ripe cherry, a little spice here, dried herbs there. Take a sip and there's a lovely little hint of sweetness and delicacy amidst a tart , juicy backdrop before a curatin of fine tannin sweeps your palate clean. This is a side of nebbiolo anyone can wrap their laiughing gear around and experience happiness. ALEX DOBSON, PWS

    2017
    Nebbiolo
    Italy
    457
    Special Price $32.80 Regular Price $41.00
  13. Diego & Damiano Barale Langhe Nebbiolo 2018
    Diego & Damiano Barale Langhe Nebbiolo 2018

    The company, although recently founded, has in fact historical roots; According to the parish records of the town of Barolo, the first traces of the Barale family date back to 1600. The landowner Francesco Barale began to vinify in 1870 and passed the witness to his son Carlo, who founded the "Barale-Rinaldi". The sons of Carlo Barale, Giovanni Battista and our grandfather Giuseppe, took the reins of the company called "Barale Fratelli" until 1984.Our "new" company starts from the land inherited by our father, located in the municipalities of Barolo and Monforte d'Alba, and the "Aie Sottane" farmhouse, one of the oldest houses in Barolo, now restored and home to the company "Diego and Damiano Barale ".

    Opens to a smokey, tobacco note that lingers gently over crushed rock and smashed red berry. Long and lush with a firm tannin kick that pulls the fleshy fruit into line nicely. It's open and forward but with plenty of savoury, earthy notes that poke through. A great introduction the house style and nebiolo in general. PWS


    2018
    Nebbiolo
    Italy
    457
    Special Price $34.40 Regular Price $43.00
  14. Francesco Rinaldi Dolcetto d'Alba Roussot 2019
    Francesco Rinaldi Dolcetto d'Alba Roussot 2019

    Dolcetto grown in the Barolo region, from vines planted between 1975 and 1977. 
    Cherry, spice, some liquorice, a suggestion of pickled walnut, some floral notes. Fleshy, bright acidity, silty tannin, savoury new leather stuff, and plenty of tannin and hazelnut on a pretty good finish. Elemental as at now, but a lovely traditional version of Dolcetto here. GARY WALSH, www.winefront.com.au

    My wine of the year is Francesco Rinaldi's highly slurpable 2019 Dolcetto d'Alba. If there was ever a wine that could convince you we should be drinking more Dolcetto, then this is it. While Barolo and Barbaresco are the undeniable international stars of Piemonte, Dolcetto is it's heart and soul and a wine that is always on the Piemontese dining table and with examples like this, you can see why. Juicy dark red cherries are dusted with sweet cake spices and kept fresh by a jolt of bright acidity. This plush little package is knotted together wonderfully with a firm press of tannin, which sweeps across the palate to clean everything up at the back. The harmony and balance in this wine is exceptional and the real clincher is that you can pick it up for the price of an everyday table wine. ALEX DOBSON

    2019
    Dolcetto
    Italy
    457
    $35.00
  15. Correggia Roero Nebbiolo 2017
    Correggia Roero Nebbiolo 2017

    From the sandy hills of Roero in Piedmont this underrated Nebbiolo has a lot of flesh on its frame - there's much to love about this riper vintage.
    Heady notes of licorice, allspice, black cherries and fresh earth lead into a generous meaty core.  It's a beautiful red brimming with fruit and structure, and will fit right in on the Christmas table.  If it's a warm day then chill it in the fridge for half an hour before serving.  Enjoy!  GAB POY

    2017
    Nebbiolo
    Italy
    457
    Special Price $36.00 Regular Price $45.00
  16. Marchesi Alfieri La Tota Barbera d'Asti 2019 (Screwcap)
    Marchesi Alfieri La Tota Barbera d'Asti 2019 (Screwcap)
    Unashamedly one of my favourite releases of the year. La Tota is up there with the best of Barbera which is up there with my favourite wines to actually drink. By that I mean, drink, not talk about but drink. With friends, food, family. The 2019 is cooler, brighter and snappier than the last few years. It hits a lighter blue fruit and tart red berry spectrum with plenty of lift and perfume to the aromatics. Cool, fresh, long and plump in the mouth. There is the volume Mario seems to capture every year but it’s a little more reigned in, more of a lively feel. Spanking. Absolutely spanking! ROSCOE
    2019
    Barbera
    Italy
    457
    Special Price $36.00 Regular Price $45.00
  17. Vajra Langhe Clare JC Nebbiolo 2019
    Vajra Langhe Clare JC Nebbiolo 2019
    Wow, the 2019 Vajra Clare JC explodes from the glass with masses of crushed raspberry and strawberry fruits, complicated by sweet and savory herbs, along with crushed stone minerality. On the palate, fleshy textures are quickly firmed up by a mix of tart red berries, with zesty acids, a slight frizzante spritz, and a coating of liquid violet florals. The finish is long and lightly structured, displaying a lasting and unmistakable note of red licorice with hints of spiced orange. This is wonderfully expressive and bridges the gap between Red and Rosé; please pour me another. Of note, the 2019 Claré JC was gently fermented with about 20% whole cluster fruit with malolactic completed in stainless steel, hence the perceivable effervescence. ERIC GUIDO, vinous.com
    2020
    Nebbiolo
    Italy
    457
    Special Price $40.00 Regular Price $50.00
  18. Vietti Perbacco Nebbiolo Langhe 2018
    Vietti Perbacco Nebbiolo Langhe 2018
    A vibrant, lively style, with firm tannins underscoring cherry, raspberry, earth and tobacco flavors. Balanced and juicy, showing a touch of oak spice on the finish. Decant now or age for a few years. WINE SPECTATOR

    It's like it's set on cruise control. Everything humming along perfectly. Ticks all the boxes, bruised strawberry, spice, menthol, florals, plum all play a part in the aromatics. The palate is denser and richer than I would have expected and at first it really makes an impact with bold flavours but that Nebb freshness and energy comes racing through to keep everything upbeat and lively. Long and really satisfying finish that culminates in a tart, red berry twang that has a little mineral groove to it. Bloody lovely wine that will appeal to Nebb nerds and anyone who likes Italian wine in general. ROSCOE
    2018
    Nebbiolo
    Italy
    457
    Special Price $41.60 Regular Price $52.00
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