WINE OF THE WEEK: 2010 Paitin di Pasquero-Elia Barbera d'Alba 'Serra'; from Italy's Piedmont region; costs about $22; serve with salumi, rustic pasta dishes, vegetarian dishes and burgers.
This is not your rustic Barbera but a wonderfully elegant example from the renowned Barbaresco producer Giovanni Pasquero-Elia. A gorgeous ruby-red, the 2010 Paitin Barbera "Serra" is soft and silky in texture, intense and so fresh with flavors of cherries, blueberries, mint and spice.
The Barbera shines with a platter of salumi and with hearty pasta dishes. Pour it with vegetarian dishes, pizza and grilled meats too.
And while you're shopping, keep an eye out for his other bottling, "Campolive."