Many years ago, I learned how versatile Barolo can be. The late Lou Iacucci, who had a great retail shop in Queens, N.Y., that specialized in Italian wines, insisted that you can drink a good Barolo with anything. I tested the theory by quaffing the tannic red wine with whitefish salad and bagels. He was right. Ever since, Barolo has been a go-to wine when I want to drink something really fine with challenging food.
Thus, I was happy to find a half-bottle of Paolo Scavino Barolo 2005 on the wine list for $60 at WP24, Wolfgang Puck’s new luxury Chinese restaurant in Los Angeles. Several dishes we ordered boasted a significant acquaintance with chile peppers, but as expected, that did not faze the Scavino in the least. The tarry, rose petal accents came through clearly as the juicy berry fruit flavors raced across the palate. If anything, the spicy food made the wine (91 points, non-blind) even better.
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