Marchesi di Barolo 2006 "Maràia" Barbera Monferrato ($10.99)
Dark reddish-purple, clear garnet edge. Plummy fruit and a bit of a "sappy," "green" herbal character that's not unpleasant. Bright red-fruit flavor wrapped up with fresh, snappy acidity. Typical of Barbera, an excellent food wine. US Importer: Palm Bay International, Boca Raton, Fla. (Nov 19, 2008)

FOOD MATCH: This lighter-style red won't war with red meat, but it's particularly suited to alternatives such as veal, duck or turkey. It was fine with a simple dish of turkey medallions braised with onions and garlic.

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