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
Essencia, a style of dessert wine made by the Royal Tokaji Wine Company in Hungary, is 85% sugar and only 3% alcohol. It takes about 7 years to ferment, where a typical wine fermentation requires only a few days. Essencia is served by the spoonful, it's so sweet.