Have you been dreaming of sipping on chilled wine while basking in the warm Italian sun? Well, summer 2023 may not be your time to fulfill those dreams, but that doesn't mean you can't experience the same flavors and sensations without leaving your home. Luckily, we've found the next best thing - Franciacorta. Hailing from the Lombardy region of Italy, this sparkling wine has been giving its more famous cousin, Champagne, a run for its money. And what better way to bring a little bit of Italy to you than with a glass of Franciacorta? Here are 5 perfect summer Franciacortas that are sure to transport you straight to the country of love.
At around $28, Contadi Castaldi Brut is an affordable option that won't break the bank. It's a classic Brut, made with Chardonnay, Pinot Bianco, and Pinot Nero grapes. This refreshing wine has notes of citrus, green apple, and white peach, making it perfect to sip on a hot summer day spent lounging on your balcony.
Bellavista's Franciacorta Gran Cuvée is a great option at around $35. This wine is made with 79% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Nero, and 1% Pinot Bianco, and includes reserve wines from previous harvests. It has a lively and refreshing palate full of fresh flowers and lemons that ends with a hint of toasted bread and almonds. Enjoy a glass of this wine with a light summer salad or some freshly shucked oysters.
If you want to treat yourself to something truly special, Ca' del Bosco's Vintage Collection Dosage Zero Brut is the way to go. At around $120, this wine is a bit pricier, but it's worth every penny. It's made with 76% Chardonnay and 16% Pinot Nero grapes, 8% Pinot Bianco, and it's been aged on its lees for 48 months. The result is a complex and elegant wine with notes of honey, orange zest, and hazelnuts. Pair this with a creamy pasta dish for a truly indulgent experience.
If you're in the mood for a rosé, Barone Pizzini's Rosé Brut is the way to go. At around $62, this wine is made with 100% Pinot Nero grapes, and it's been aged on its lees for 30-40 months. It has a beautiful pink color and aromas of wild strawberries, cherries, and brioche. This wine is perfect for a summer picnic with friends or a lazy afternoon spent reading in the park.
For those who prefer white wine, Ferghettina's Franciacorta Brut is a great option at around $39. It's made with Chardonnay and Pinot Nero grapes, and it's been aged on its lees for 24 months. It has a crisp and refreshing taste with notes of yellow apple, pear, and a hint of minerality. Enjoy this wine with some fresh seafood or a light pasta dish.
Although we can't all travel to Italy this summer, we can still enjoy the taste of the country with a glass of Franciacorta. Whether you prefer a classic Brut, a rosé, or a splurge-worthy vintage, there's a Franciacorta out there that's perfect for you. So why not pour yourself a glass and transport yourself to a beautiful piazza in Italy? Cheers to summer!