Dolcetto

Another important red-wine grape in Italy's Piedmont region, though it may come from France originally. It is bottled as Dolcetto d'Alba, Dolcetto d'Asti, and Dolcetto di Dogliani, among other designations. The grape's name suggests sweetness, but it is virtually always vinified dry, and produces tannic, sometimes slightly bitter wines with flavors of dried fruit and licorice. Small amounts are grown in Australia, California, and elsewhere.

Serve With

Most pasta dishes (except those with seafood, though linguine or spaghetti with clams in red sauce would be an exception), prosciutto and other salumi, roast veal or pork, wild mushrooms.