Here's a sneak peak at what I'll be pouring at the Tria Fermentation School tonight. I'll be schooling the class on some of the finer points of the sparkling wines of Italy, and teaching in harmony with Erin McLean, Tria's resident Manager and cheese maven, who's paired what looks to be a great lineup of formaggio with each of the wines. The session has been sold out for weeks, so this is a little bit of a teaser but only in the best sense, for those who'd like to follow along in part, in whole or in spirit. Gotta say, I'm looking forward to revisiting all of these vini myself.
- Prosecco Montello e Colli Asolani Extra Dry, Bele Casel NV
Or is it now Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG? I can't remember which label version I packed... but it matters not as the DOCG is simply a rechristening/theoretical upgrade of the same wine. Always a joyous way to start.
- Malvasia dell'Emilia IGT "Il Mio," Camillo Donati NV (2008)
The dry version of Donati's frizzante Malvasia Candia, lot number 01/08.
- Alta Langa Brut, Ettore Germano 2006
A traditional method blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, grown in Sergio Germano's vineyards in the Alto Langa, south of and at a higher altitude than his main property in Serralunga d'Alba.
- Franciacorta "Cuvée Brut," Bellavista NV
The flagship of Bellavista's broad portfolio of Lombardian bubblies.
- Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro "Rive dei Ciliegi," Francesco Vezzelli 2009
An excellent expression of dry, frizzante Lambrusco. I've poured this at a number of events and it inevitably turns out to be a polarizing wine, with some tasters falling immediately in love while others are left scratching their heads.
- Moscato d'Asti, G.D. Vajra 2009
Moscato doesn't get much better than this. As classic and easy with cheese as it is on the breakfast table!
- Brachetto "Fosso della Rosa," Giovanni Almondo 2008
We couldn't get by with just one sparkling red now, could we? And yes, it makes for three of seven from Piemonte, but if you've been reading here for long that should come as little surprise. Deliciously fruity and sweet, immensely gulpable and a pleasingly low alcohol way to close out with class.