A red wine to rock your pasta: Nebbiolo
Here's a wine tip: a world class red,1997 Palazzo Rosso Nebbiolo d'Alba. $18...and worth every penny. I'd read about Barolos in Jim Harrison's food book and asked a local wine guy what they were, he said "The king of Italian reds. Pricey. $50 and up." I asked "What could I try that's in the neighborhood?" He said "Keep your eye out for Nebbiolo." I bought the first one I found, the above. Later on I asked a clerk about it due to what happened to me when I drank it. He said, "Ah yes, 97, the year of Tuscany." To a guy who owns a top wine store, I said, to be clever: "Nebbiolo!" and he replied "Heroin!" So there ya go. It was like Heaven. Now I know why wine people use those funny words. This wine makes you start babbling and feeling expansive. It's great for spicy red spaghetti, serve it aired an hour, a bit cool.