Rivetto is well known for their Barolo, which is all well and good. Those bottles earn their high price tags, but the hidden gem in the line up is their Barbera d’Alba.

Along with the pinot-like complexity and deft marriage of flavors. This is at it’s height right now, and I will be drinking this for the next 6 months. A personal favorite dish with this bottle is pan seared magret of duck with a raspberry coulis.

My Bacchus Selections!

Every month, I scour the PLCB to find great wines at great prices. My rule of thumb is that I don’t recommend anything unless the price is below retail by 20% and it’s an excellent bottle of wine.

Sadly, that job is getting harder and harder. The PLCB is increasing prices while also purchasing lower quality wines. What used to take eight hours now takes three days.

So this month I am doing something differently. I’ve talked with a friend who runs an online wine company, Bacchus Selections, and they are going to carry wines I select. They have agreed to ship to Pennsylvania (or anywhere, actually) and price the wines at least 20% under retail.

For the first three wines, I chose three that are personal favorites of mine. They are eclectic, but they are awesome wines that people really should be drinking.

Oh, by the way, as with all newsletter items, I don’t get paid for this. This is a service I like to provide for students and supporters of the Wine School (and to be honest, is a lot more fun than writing facebook updates). If you and other readers like this idea, then I will continue making these types of recommendations in the newsletter.