This wine is named for an enterprising, entrepreneurial family that emigrated from Italy to New York in 1921 – and persevered despite threats from The Black Hand mafia. Made in a fresh, approachable, modern style, yet possessing the classic structure and finesse of wines from Northwest Italy’s sun-exposed hills of Asti, this Barbera shows delicately interwoven characters of red plum, dried cherry, leather, herbs and cranberry-like acidity. Just as the Tornambes do, enjoy this smooth red alongside pasta Bolognese, grilled meat dishes or seafood pasta in red sauce.
Recipe PairingsBaked Ziti with Summer VegetablesBaked Shells and GreensCountry Ham CarbonaraFresh Tomato-and-Asparagus Gnocchi
Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Jean Phillips, founder of Screaming Eagle, Napa's most famous winery, paid the closing costs on the vineyard with her credit card, she was so strapped for cash. Several years later, she sold the winery for millions.