Food & Drink

January 15, 2016

Champagne Alternative: Italy’s Franciacorta Sparkling Wine

Franciacorta is a region in the Province of Brescia in Lombardy, Italy. Franciacorta is also the regions namesake sparkling wine with a DOCG status. Franciacorta wines are made using the méthode champenoise style; the same way Champagne is made with the secondary fermentation taking place in the bottle. And like Champagne, the wines of Franciacorta are made from Pinot Noir/Pinot Nero in Italy, Chardonnay, and Pinot Blanc/Pinot Bianco in Italy.

Franciacorta - Italian Sparkling Wine

Franciacorta – Italian Sparkling Wine

• Franciacorta Brut, Fratelli Berlucchi Brut 25 This Chardonnay and Pinot Bianco wine is fresh, young and vibrant. A dry mildly, piquant wine. A lovely wine for the price and a wonderful diversion from the standard sparkling wines. (SRP $20.00)

• Franciacorta Brut Vintage 2009, Lo Sparviere This 100% Chardonnay mirrors its French counterpart, Champagne with long-lingering bubbles, and a wonderful yeasty-biscuit nose giving way to sweet honey as it opens up. Crisp and well balanced with an impressive long finish. Well worth the price tag. (SRP $30.00)

• Franciacorta Brut NV, Montenisa This blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Bianco, and Pinot Nero highlights the best of its peach-apple fruit and toast notes which lends to much depth and a well balanced wine. Another gem for the price and pleasant change from the typical-go-to sparkling wines  (SRP $27.50)

• Franciacorta Brut Rosé NV, Majolini Altèra Sparkling Rosé made from 100% Pinot Noir is elegant and delicate with notes of strawberries, and peach. Similar to its French cousin, Champagne; this Rosé is aged on the lees or sur lie for 24 months giving this wine much of its personality and sophistication. (SRP $50.00)

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