Autumn Spirits  _

If you’re lucky enough to have truffles on the menu this autumn, then you’ll want a good bottle alongside. Here, Barbara Drew MW turns to Piedmont for her four recommendations

2019 Gavi di Gavi, Bric Sassi, Roberto Sarotto, Piedmont


For lighter truffle dishes, or as an apéritif before the main event, look no further than Roberto Sarotto’s Gavi di Gavi. Made from the Cortese grape, with a tangy grapefruit pith flavour, mouthwatering acidity and a lovely restrained 12.5% alcohol, this is the epitome of a Northern Italian white wine. Versatile and classic. £13.95

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2018 Dolcetto d’Alba, Cascina Fontana, Piedmont


With creamy blackberry and blueberry fruit, dense and velvety, with a smoky twist, this wine is the essence of autumn. Pair with creamy truffle and Parmesan pasta for Piedmontese perfection. £18

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2017 Nebbiolo d’Alba, Valmaggiore, Sandrone


A more modern approach to Nebbiolo, with a vibrant fruit flavour that is not always found with this grape. Don’t be fooled – this is still an incredibly serious wine, with hefty tannins, and plenty of ageing potential should you wish. The polished style makes this a versatile food partner though, equally at home with charred meat, or a fruity truffle Pecorino. £35

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2014 Barolo, Ester Canale Rosso, Vigna Rionda,Rosso


As Barolo’s answer to a Grand Cru vineyard, Vigna Rionda produces wines with astonishing depth of flavour and complexity. This wine will easily keep for 20 years or more, but if drinking it now, pair with a hearty, meaty main to balance out the tannins, and thick shavings of truffle. £269

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