Prunotto Dolcetto D’Alba

This wine plays a star role at many of my corporate events and masterclasses because it effortlessly communicates the shape and style of Piedmont (northern Italy) without an assault of tannins or a daunting price tag. Instead, it’s lively and fruit-driven, dancing with violet perfume, red cherry and blackberry fruit, notes of liquorice and a fine-grained, textural structure. Reliability is the catchphrase here: impressively seamless, persistent and – obviously – great value. $24 at World Wine.