Friday the 13th means Fine Wine Tasting ~ Italian Sparkling from Franciacorta

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Love the Bubbly? Celebrate the end of of the week on Friday, September 13 as we join wine bloggers across the country for a virtual “twitter” tasting of fine Italian sparkling wine from Franciacorta beginning at 6:00 p.m. Central (4:00 p.m. Pacific, 7:00 p.m. Eastern).

What is Franciacorta?

Franciacorta is often compared to Champagne, but has its own unique Italian personality. The first Italian wine produced exclusively by the traditional method of re-fermentation in the same bottle, wines are aligned in Italy with other top “Made In Italy” products like Prada and Ferrari. First to obtain Italy’s highest appellation away of DOCG (Denoniminazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita) Franciacorta was named the official toast of Milan Fashion Week of 2012. Located in a land of rolling hills in the heart of Lombardy in northern Italy, the Franciacorta region is a just over an hour east of Milan.

Made in several styles — Franciacorta Saten (blanc de blancs), Rose, Millesimato (Vintage) and Reserve, Franciacorta wines are made with classic sparkling grapes of Chardonnay and Pinot Nero (Pinot Noir) and can include up to 50% Pinot Bianco.

Franciacorta Italian Sparkling wines

The Wines

For this tasting we’ve received 6 different wines and a really cool relief map to better show the terrain.

  1. Lo Sparvierre Satén
  2. Barone Pizzini Brut
  3. Montenisa Brut
  4. Ronco Calino Brut
  5. Azienda Agricola Fratelli Berlucchi Franciacorta Brut Rosé 2008
  6. Villa Franciacorta Brut 2007

What Should You Pair with Sparkling Italians?

For past twitter tasting events, Joe slaved away behind the stove putting together some awesome pairings. But we’ve decided to expand our tastings and invite some our First Friday crowd to join us down in our own “Bay Area.”

Bubbles go with everything, but since these are special fine Italian sparkling wines, we decided to have a few of our friends join us at a local Italian restaurant.

Tuscany Bistro was introduced to us by the good folks at Space City Takeout. A new venture down in the NASA area, Space City Takeout will bring you food from traditional brick and mortar restaurants, hot and perfectly prepared when it arrives at your door. Now you’re not going to get it in “30 minutes or less” and they do charge a delivery fee depending on the location of the restaurant. But there are times when we are just too tired to go out. Plus we can pull a bottle of wine from our own cellar and save some money on the per glass price of the wine.

If you’re in the Johnson Space Center area, you can have Space City Takeout pick up your dinner! Just visit their website here. We’ll be tweeting from the table at Tuscany Bistro, and let you know what we think of the wines and the pairings. You can follow the fun on twitter at #franciacorta, or just follow @WineWonkette @HoustonWino or @AnotherWineBlog.

In the mean time, you can take a look at the Tuscany Bistro menu, and make suggestions on pairings!

And check out this video about Franciacorta wines.

Cheers!

The WineWonkette

About Amy Corron Power

A licensed attorney, Amy is a wine-lover, foodie, photographer, political junkie and award-winning author who writes about Wine, Food, Beer & Spirits. As Managing Editor & Tasting Director for Another Wine Blog, she travels all over the world's wine regions to share her experiences with her readers and nearly 10,000 twitter fans. She holds certifications from International Sommelier Guild, regularly attends Houston Sommelier Association events and is currently studying for her California Wine Appellation Specialist certification through the San Francisco Wine School.
  • Natalie

    Interesting article. Have you heard of wine that is supposed to be half bubbly? In Italian its known as frizzante, one famous variety is the moscato D’asti from the piedmont region. However I love your recommendations above and will definitely try some of them.
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