What better way to celebrate the holidays than with something sparkling? One of Roo’s favorite bottles of bubbles is Henriot Brut Millésimé 1996. But ’tis the season for the unexpected. Roo teamed up with Wine with Kristen to sample some interesting wines from the Piedmont region of Italy. Where’s that, say you? Take a look…
Piedmont is known for Nebiolo (used to make Barolo and Barbaresco), but the little known grape of Brachetto transforms into Brachetto d’Acqui, a frizzante wine that may bring back memories of Bartles & Jaymes for those of you who are old enough to remember. With a low alcohol level that usually hovers between 5 to 6 percent, these sweet and effervescent wines are often drunk in the summertime or paired with a chocolate or berry dessert.
Shut your eyes and imagine that you have parked your Vespa in the piazza and have cozied up to a Turin café for an afternoon of Brachetto d’Acqui and Gianduiotto, a local chocolate dating back to 1865. Or throw a few logs on the fire and create your own sweltering environment to enjoy these unusual ruby-hued bubbly delights.
Roo’s Brachetto picks include:
Pineto Brachetto d’Acqui
A ruby color with rose aromatics and a mild, soft finish.