If we drank one Vajra Barbera this fall we drank 100. See us falling in love all over again here. There is no more flexible red at the dinner table.
This, the Nebbiolo, is more expensive. So, let’s call it what it is: The Nebbiolo is better, smoother, has fewer tannins, is gorgeously juicy, refined, elegant, a little suave, and also a little too polished perhaps. While you can score it for $30 in QC, it will set you back over $40 in BC. If you can find it.
This is a wonderful wine; serve it to guests; impress them. No one will complain. But for our tastes, for the glorious slightly rough around the edges hugely food friendly Barbera, we’ll stick with the common cousin, despite the measly 89 points awarded by Gismondi.
Price: $43 at Kits Wine Cellar but with a 10% half case discount a better price than many proud BC reds.
Market Liquidity: A stellar older sister to a more in your face kid brother, we’ll take the Barbera thanks.