What’s the best turn of phrase to describe this year’s Raisins Gaulois, a vintage that combines the structure and depth of a cru Beaujolais with the unencumbered joie de vivre we’ve come to love and expect? Some options: seriously lighthearted; frivolously brooding; mercurially pragmatic. Let’s all try a bottle and then take a vote.
This frizzante white isn’t widely known outside of its native Emilia-Romagna, probably because the locals are drinking it all up. It’s tart and juicy like a fresh mandarin, with invigorating acidity ideally suited to cut through the region’s signature Parmigiano-Reggiano and prosciutto di Parma. That’s probably not a coincidence.
Given Hervé Dubourdieu’s outstanding track record—more than forty years and counting—of consistently delivering zingy, refreshing whites from his family holdings in Bordeaux, we should just dispense with vintages altogether.
Before I say anything else, let me say this: Birbét is a red wine that’s a bit sweet. And fizzy. Still with me? Good, because it’s also delicious. This traditional Piedmontese wine, made from the aromatic Brachetto grape, is like eating a handful of ripe blackberries—juicy sweetness, but a little bite, too.
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