Take three wines
Barbera d'Asti Araldica 2006 -- fresh, lively cherry and blackcurrant flavours dominate in this juicy easy-drinker that would bring a touch of class to your favourite pizza or pasta. 14pc alc. €10.36. Available from Market 57, Westport; Gibneys, Malahide; McCabes, Blackrock; Drinkstore, Dublin 7; Ardkeen Stores, Waterford; Next Door at Lohans, Salthill; Bridge Bar, Rathangan; Remington Taverns, Sundrive; Corcorans, New Ross; Morris, Enniscorthy; Mac's, Limerick; Claudio's, Newtownmountkennedy; Kellers, Roscrea; Red Island, Skerries; Harvest, Galway, and other outlets.
Dolcetto d'Ovada Tacchino 2007 -- after Alba, Ovada produces some of the most characterful Dolcettos, as in this example, with a deep, fragrant nose giving way to a smooth, cherry-packed palate, laced with almonds and liqourice and rounded off with ripe tannins and spice. 13.5pc alc. €13. Available from McCabes, Blackrock; Hole in the Wall, Dublin 7; Donnybrook Fair; Lilac Wines, Fairview; Fallon & Byrne, Exchequer Street; Gourmet Bank, Churchtown; Kellys, Vernon Avenue, Clontarf; Whelan's, Wexford Street; Glendalough Fayre, Glendalough.
Malvira Barbera d'Alba San Michele 2005 -- from two highly regarded winemaking brothers; an inviting nose followed by generous fruit flavours on the palate and a rich nuttiness on the finish. Has spent 18-20 months maturing in French oak. 13.5pc alc. €18.39. Available from O'Briens.