This Italian wine is something of a lovely bargain. From Piedmont, which is more famous for its blue blood neighbor, Nebbiolo (from Barolo and Barbaresco). Dolcetto (pronounced dol-che-t-oh) has low acidity but big tannins and a huge personality. The best come from the beautiful area of Alba, also famous for producing the rarest and most delicious on fungi- truffles. In reality, Dolcetto is a wonderful counterpoint (think Republican versus Democrat) to Barbera, which is inversely highly acidic but low in tannin (its up to you which political party you think is more acidic…). The nose is full of leather and blueberries. An exceptional bottle is less than $20 and pairs beautifully with all things fungus (mushrooms and truffles) as well as salami, hard cheese, and pizza. A great bottle to bust out with friends you kind of like but don’t want to open you collectable Barolo (just be sure to say Dolcetto in a thick Italian accent to impress them). Always be on the lookout for Dolcetto d’Alba DOCG, which is the most expressive.