They make fine wines such as Barbaresco in this beautiful part of northern Italy
Barbaresco wine is made from the Nebbiolo red grape in the Piedmont region of northern Italy. Many people prefer this fine, often fairly inexpensive wine to its pricier cousin, Barolo. Barbaresco flavors include chocolate, licorice, figs, leather, and tar.
Barbaresco wine is considered a good match for suckling pig and risotto with mushrooms. If you have the money try pairing an upscale bottle with a truffle dish. For an Italian treat serve Barbaresco with "stracotto di manzo" meat cooked for hours with herbs and nutmeg.
Barbaresco is available in virtually every wine store and on-line starting at about $12 a bottle. The Castello di Nieve offering at about $22 is floral with spiced aromas and good fruit. In the $35 range the Pio Cesare Barbaresco comes with raisiny fruit and touches of mushroom and tobacco. For a splurge try the Giacosa Barbaresco Red Label Santo Stefano di Nieve Riserva 1998 for about $240 said to provide explosively fruity aroma, amaretto, and tobacco. Let me know how it works out.