Recently, I stopped by the Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant which is located in the Ferry Building. One of their longtime sales associates, Jeff Zamora, recommended a Barbera from the Piedmont region in Italy. The 2006 La Morandina 5 Vignes Barbera D' Asti is a mellow everyday drinking wine.

The wine is well structured with a ruby red color, fruity nose, a touch of oak, and black cherry flavor. Have this wine with pizza, burgers, simple pastas, roast chicken, and medium aged cheeses.

The other night I paired the wine with portobella mushroom and cheese raviolis in a marinara sauce. It was delicious!

This wine is worth checking to see if it's still available. It retails for $13.00 at the wine merchant, and it's a good value for your money. I suggest you call ahead. The phone number for the Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant is 415-391-9400, or email them at [email protected]