Prosecco has had it’s fair bit of fun these last few years. It’s become the go to drink for practically every sociable occasion imaginable and really put Italian sparkling wine on the map. So much so, it is predicted that Italian sparkling wine is going to have a 9.2% share of the global wine market by 2020*.
We love you Prosexy, but it’s time to step aside, there is a new younger Italian model in town and he goes by the name of Franciacorta. Like my youth, he is way more vibrant, tasty and can last all night long. The Italians have been having a love affair with him for decades, since 1961 in fact, but now it’s time that we brits have a piece of the action.
So what is Franciacorta? This high quality sparkling wine is named after the area in which it’s grown in the region of Lombardy, Italy. An area that is fashionably nestled between Milan and the Veneto. What makes Franciacorta so special is it’s made using the traditional method, the same method that’s used in Champagne making. And, it’s also made using the same grapes that Champagne is made from – Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, as well as having the added element of Pinot Blanc in the mix, giving it a clean and crisp finish. It’s time that we all gave Franciacorta the limelight he so well deserves.
Lucky for us, Franciacorta is popping up all over the place and you can find it in most restaurants and supermarkets at a reasonable price, usually sat somewhere between Prosecco and Champagne. Franciacorta is usually dry and fresh with aromas of vibrant zesty lemon, a hint of lime, ripe apple and a light toasted brioche finish. Delicious.
SIP IT’S CHOICE
Franciacorta ‘Alma’ Gran Cuvee Brut, £28.00, Sip it Wine
This is a fine and elegant Franciacorta. Citrus and stone fruit flavours fill the mouth together with subtle hints of vanilla. Please contact us directly for sales. Alternatively why don’t you arrange a wine tasting for you and your friends or family to try out the beauty.
*IWSR forecast 2017