Emilia—the western part of the Emilia-Romagna region—specializes in fizzy wines. Whether they are white, red, or some shade in between, made from any number of intriguing indigenous grape varieties, they all tend to bubble. As it turns out, crisp, quaffable frizzanti are the perfect match for the notoriously rich local culinary specialties. Thin slices of cured pig, pastas coated in slow-cooked, meaty ragù, and cheeses ranging from creamy to intensely savory all have their place on the Emilian table. This dry sparkler from the white Pignoletto grape— a breezy blast of flowers, citrus, and fresh herbs—is just the ticket to cleanse the palate and quench your thirst when a heaping pile of locally produced cheeses and salty cured meats appears before you.
Domenico Altariva grew up watching his parents work the land; so when he married and bought a house with his wife, Albertina, he also bought a little land that he would tend in his spare time. Right from the start they worked their vines with entirely natural products and made the most of their vineyard sites. When sons Fabio and Fausto joined the estate in 1991 the family took another step forward, building a new winery, acquiring more vineyards, and finally bottling the wine themselves; and in 1997 becoming organic. The family chooses to highlight the local grape Lambrusco, resulting in an intense, terroir-driven Lambrusco with a nose serious enough for even the most knowledgeable wine connoisseur.
A good doctor prescribed the wine of Nuits-Saint-Georges to the Sun King, Louis XIV, when he suffered an unknown maladie. When the king’s health was restored the tasty remedy enjoyed a vogue at court. Lord, send me a doctor like that!
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