Travaglini Gattinara

Travaglini Gattinara – $32.99

With the rising price of Barolos, Nebbiolo fans might consider other, less well known, DOCGs for their fix. The Gattinara region is north, at the base of the Dolomites – so a bit cooler and less traveled.  You will still enjoy the classic characteristics of Nebbiolo – the light, almost translucent red color, floral aromas of roses and violets, and the crisp flavors of cherry + pomegranate evolving to a hint of licorice + cinnamon.

This wine pairs well with  lamb or any dish from Italy that might be on the menu – cheeses, tomatoes, pizza or pasta.   And far less expensive than a comparable Barolo.  The origins of the curvaceous bottle shape might also be a fun topic for a dinner discussion.

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