Barbera is one of the classic grapes of Italy's Piedmont region and is popular throughout much of Northwest Italy. Barbera has gained a following in California and Washington State where this grape does well. Searing acidity has been a trait of Barbera and has helped to give these wines a reputation as being "good food wines”. This Lavignone Barbera has a deep ruby color with a filtered appearance. There is a beautiful bouquet of red fruit, currents and a hint of perfumed violets and some musty cellar floor. This is a medium bodied wine with a winning flavor combination of dark berry, plum, cranberry, chocolate and lead pencil. True to Barbera’s reputation, there is gripping acidity and a whisper of smooth tannins. The finish is long and lingering. This wine will pair well with any hearty Italian fare or a great pizza. We purchased this nice Barbera at QFC, in Bellevue, for about $14. Erin, thanks for the recommendation.