There's a sparkling world beyond Prosecco
Prosecco leaped off store shelves during last year’s holiday season.
This year, unknown Italian sparkling wines made from grapes other than the well-known Prosecco are being uncorked around the region.
These new imports are made from grapes--Vernaccia Nera, Lumassina, Ribolla Gialla and Lambrusco Grasparossa--that most Americans have never tried, or have only tasted as still wines.
Thankfully, these wines are a fraction of the price of Champagne. So grab a few bottles for those holiday parties and show off your serious grape knowledge.
Quacquarini Vernaccia di Serrapetrona ($25) Not one for the tongue-tied, this organic, ruby-hued bubbly is made with the Vernaccia Nera grape. It’s soft on the palate with a slight sweetness, making it a good match for charcuterie and salty, hard cheeses. (sfwtc.com)
Punta Crena Lumassina ($18) This obscure wine from Liguria is a naturally fizzy sparkler that’s fantastic with oysters. (kermitlynch.com)
Terre Magre Ribolla Gialla Vino Spumante Brut ($19) Though Ribolla Gialla is known mostly as a still-wine grape, its bubbly counterpart is sophisticated stuff, due to a combination of the grape’s natural fruit-forwardness and minerality. (biondivino.com)
Ca’ Berti Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro "Tipico" Dry ($10) Lambrusco made a comeback a few years ago when quality went up in its region of Emilia-Romagna. This low-alcohol, low-tannin bottle is fruity enough to go with spicy foods. (klwines.com)
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