This week Italy celebrates its 150th anniversary as a nation, so it seems fitting to weigh in with a bust of Garibaldi, on a botte in the cellar of Alma Vairetto, in Carema (northern Piemonte). They no longer use this cellar to store wine, but if you visit Carema they will open it upon request, and you'll find many other personages besides Garibaldi.
NO STAR goes to wines that are correctly made but nothing to get excited about.
ONE STAR goes to wines that are good. TWO STARS go to wines that are very good to excellent. THREE STARS and a POINT SCORE (90-100) go to wines that are superb to extraordinary. And I will give pairing suggestions, which I consider much more important than the scores.