I think it was at Bar La Grassa that G and I had a barbera wine recently. I can’t remember the exact wine we had, but the next time we were in the liquor store we asked for some recommendations. Barbera is generally Italian, but we went home with this Il Cuore 2006 California bottle. Oh and I’m glad we did. I drank it a few weeks ago while G was out of town and it was so good I had to get it again so he could try it. We opened it on Wednesday when my mom was visiting. It really is delicious, especially for around $13. It is fairly dark in color and full and fruity, but without being sweet. We drank it with cheese and salami. And for those who want to know, the Il Cuore barbera grapes are grown in gravely soil in Lake and Mendocino counties — an article on the top sommeliers of 2011 in this month’s Food and Wine magazine inspires me to pay more attention to details like this.