2011 Conte di Gropello Brachetto d'Acqui
Ah, Piedmont! Home to Italy's most long-lived reds, Barolo and Barbaresco. Piedmont also lays claim to this frothy number, a semi-sweet sparkling wine that shares as much in common with Barolo as a turnip does with a root beer float. To begin with, there's the preponderance of wild strawberry fruit, and the effervescent goodness that is not totally dissimilar to Moscato, only this one is pink. Deep pink. Gulpable pink. After a certain age it is unseemly to drink cherry soda pop in public--go for Brachetto instead! No, it isn't Red Moscato, but I couldn't help using the analogy because that's what it tastes like. It's low in alcohol, with a touch of sweetness, but it is superbly balanced. Try it with chocolate desserts or with mascarpone and other light cheeses and fruits.