A Medley of Italian Sparkling Wines #ItalianFWT

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The world of Italian sparkling wine is diverse in variety and price. For a lot of people having so many varieties to chose from can be overwhelming… and price is a prime factor too. Here is an overview of what Italy has to offer as part of the Italian Food, Wine, Travel group’s December focus. Many options at great prices!

A crowd pleaser for aperitif sipping, Coppi Winery’s Galà is a delight from Puglia

Coppi Winery Gala brut spumante

Galà is 100% Mavasia Bianca, made via the Charmat Method (2nd fermentation in the tank rather than in the bottle as in the traditional méthode champenoise), and falls under the Puglia IGP in southern Italy.

Delicate berry and peach aromas expand to tropical fruits with a wisteria-like floral component. It’s round, full, and pleasantly fresh with crushed stones and length, perhaps revealing the stony soils of the Murgia plateau where the grapes grow. A hint of sweetness makes it appealing to start an evening with spicy nibbles- Mark and I like it with wasabi crackers or crunchy-spiced chickpeas. This is a frizzante style wine meaning it has slightly less effervescence than Prosecco or Champagne. (about $10)

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Northern Italy is where mountain sparklers are made in Trentino, often referred to as Trentino/AltoAdige. And this is where you find the Trento DOC where “metodo classico” sparkling wine is made.

Traditional Champagne Method (Metodo Classico)- Wine undergoes secondary fermentation in the bottle to produce bubbles. This method tends to be more labor- and resource-intensive due to greater storage and manpower needs.

Opera Trento DOC brut metodo classico Italian sparkling wine

Vitivinicola in Valdicembra Opera Nature sparkler: 100% chardonnay

Vitivinicola in Valdicembra is located in the Cembra Valley having steeply terraced vineyards and alpine-like temperatures. Opera Nature is a brut nature style meaning zero dosage (no sugar added).

Yellow apple, peach, and Magnolia aromas; lightly toasted brioche and hazelnuts on the palate from 36-months of lees aging; medium acidity, body, and length. Yes please, especially with shellfish or sushi starters! (about $18)

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The Veneto region (think Verona) is home to the Garganega (pronounced gahr-gah-neh-gah) white grape. Mark and I visited Cantina Tessari and tasted through their wines. Of particular interest was their 100% Garganega Spumante Brut bottled under the Veneto IGP. It’s made in the Charmat Method.

tessari brut garganegaHere delicate almond and peach blossom aromas give way to green apple and nutty notes. Medium acidity and body, it finishes lush and clean. (between $15 and $20)

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Perusini Ribolla Gialla NV Brut – IGT Della Venezia

Perusini ribolla gialla brut Located in the hills of Gramogliano in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region in northern Italy, the Perusini family is about preserving traditional grape varieties. Ribolla Gialla is one of them and from it they produce this sparkling wine. Primarily Ribolla Gialla with a little Chardonnay it’s produced in the Charmat Method.

Green and yellow apple notes wrapped in lightly toasted bread greet you. Fine perlage (the Italian way to refer to effervescence or bubbles), clean and crisp on the palate with loquat and green apple. It flows into a pleasantly delicate finish. (about $15)

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Cortefusia Saten Brut – Franciacorta DOCG

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Cortefusia Franciacorta DOCG Satèn Brut

Franciacorta lies in northern Italy’s Lombardy region and is known for metodo classico sparkling wine. Production here is as strict if not stricter than in Champagne. Unfortunately only about 10% is exported but it is beyond worth the search.

90% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Blanc, a beautifully elegant wine with soft, fine perlage. Whiffs of vanilla crème and pear, the wine shows a sense of poise and a bright bit of lemony-apple set against faint toast. Mark and I tasted this at Vinitaly and went back for a second taste!

Nudging Not Needed To Drink These Wines!

Although we drink a lot of Italian Sparkling wine, I had some incentive from the Italian Food, Wine and Travel group this month when our host, Martin at ENOFLYZ Wine Blog chose Italian Sparkling wines. Nudging not needed to drink these wines!

The first Saturday of each month several wine writers from around the world participate in #ItalianFWTItalian Food Wine Travel. We meet today (December 1st) on Twitter for a chat:     8am PT, 11am ET and 5pm in Italy   Join us using the #ItalianFWT hashtag. If you miss the chat you can follow-up by searching Twitter for this hashtag.

Italian Sparkling Wine Discoveries from the Italian Food, Wine, Travel Group of Wine and Food Writers

Here at Savor the Harvest I suggest Italian Sparkling Wines to Try #ItalianFWT

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16 thoughts on “A Medley of Italian Sparkling Wines #ItalianFWT

    1. Lynn Post author

      They were fun to drink too! I see what you and the others in the group drink in the states. It’s hard for me to find many of them here. Tough problem to have!

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  1. john

    YES! There are so many good wines in the world selling at great prices. Uncovering them like you did here is useful, enjoyable and fun. And the Italians have the combination down pat. Thanks for sharing, Lynn… with these type of articles… you’ve got my attention!

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    1. Lynn Post author

      Thanks John, I hope you are able to find at least a few of these to try. The Italians definitely have the combo down… especially when it comes to food and wine!

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  2. Lauren Walsh

    Wow, you’ve given me quite a few wines to look for in my local Italian shop. I’m super-intrigued by the one from Puglia and the one made from Ribolla Gialla. And as you said, “no nudges needed!)

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    1. Lynn Post author

      Ha! Glad you found a few that piqued your curiosity Lauren! The Coppi from Puglia would be a fabulous addition to any holiday aperitif table.

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  3. Nicole

    MMMM. So many good thing to try here. That sparkling Ribolla Giala is so intriguing! I also love the idea of the wasabi crackers with Prosecco.

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  4. Karen Grove

    We are thinking of visiting the Trentino/AltoAdige region next September after hiking in the Alps. We’ll have to look for the sparkling wines too—they sound good. Maybe you’ll wish to join us!

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    1. Lynn Post author

      Hiking in the Italian Alps is on our list, we’d love to meet you! It would be one of our “Food, Wine, Hiking” trips as most are. I’m especially smitten with Kate and Vin from Throne and Vine (https://throneandvine.com/) with whom I have a “social” relationship but hope to meet them in person.

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  5. Karen Grove

    Jay found Olio De Carlo online about 6 years ago and he’s been ordering it ever since. Right now we have a bottle of Tenuta Terre di Mossa on the shelf. We particularly love the bright peppery flavors. Your post makes us want to visit Puglisi more than ever!

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    1. Lynn Post author

      This made me smile Karen! So glad to hear you’ve found Olio de Carlo. We’re down to our last drop. Ryan Air has direct flights from Bordeaux to Bari, we’re going there next year!

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    1. Lynn Post author

      Thank you Katarina! Ah yes, the Coppi- it was fun walking in the vineyard at sunset. The Galá was a nice apéro starter!

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