Brachetto d’Acqui from Terre da Vino
This sweet sparkling wine has aromas of rose petal, red raspberry, cranberry and strawberry.
Italian wine laws start with a designation called Denominazione di Origine Controllata. DOC rules specify the grape varieties to be used in each geographical zone, the maximum yields per acre, minimum alcohol levels and more. A stricter designation than DOC is called Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita, which indicates that an official panel has tasted the wine. Each approved bottle must display a government DOCG strip over the cork to guarantee authenticity.
I have selected a DOCG wine from the PLCB’s Chairman’s Selection program — Terre da Vino’s Brachetto d’Acqui Conte di Gropello [$13.99; PLCB code: 32820]. This sweet sparkling wine, which I scored at 92 points, has a low alcohol content (6.5 percent) and is a gem with stunning flavors. It has aromas of rose petal, red raspberry, cranberry and strawberry, and it is balanced with a tangy finish. Serve this wine chilled with cheese, summer pasta salad or with a dark-chocolate dessert.