Piedmont is the most well-known Italian wine region, housing the esteemed Barolo and Barbaresco sub-regions. It is also the home of the Nebbiolo, Barbera and Dolcetto grape varieties. Nebbiolo based wines such as Barolo and Barbaresco are intense, tannic and complex. These wines benefit from long aging and are best accompanied by food. Despite coming from the same grape, terroir and local traditions have given each a unique style: Barolo is more intense and reminiscent of tar; Barbaresco is plummy and fruitier. Barbera, compared to Nebbiolo, is lighter, less tannic and more acidic. It is the most planted grape in Piedmont, making a variety of wines.
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