Reds dominate in the Piedmont wine region. There are whites, of course, but none compares to the Barolo or the Barbaresco, both DOCG red wines made from the Nebbiolo grape.
Barolo and Barbaresco are similar in that they take a longer time to age in order to restrain their bold tannins. They come from different microclimates -- Barbaresco's area is warmer and milder than the Barolo area. These wines are full-bodied, dry and dusty with high tannin. Barolo and Barbaresco wines must be aged for years to reduce the force of the tannins.
Among Piedmont's white wines, the Moscato is very popular. The Moscato grape yields a sweet white wine often used as a dessert wine. Moscato wines can also take the form of a sparkling spumante for a light-bodied treat.
Two other red grapes, the Barbera and the Dolcetto, are planted where the Nebbiolo is not. Barbera wines are medium to full-body reds, while the Dolcetto's wines are dry and light-bodied.
Though Piedmont may not be the biggest wine producer on the map, it certainly has one of the highest concentrations of quality wines. For a boutique wine treat, consider indulging in a Piedmont wine with your next slow, relaxing meal.
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