2017 Braida Brachetto d’Acqui

Region: Piedmont, Italy

Viticulture: Conventional

Winemaker: Giuseppe Bologna

Established Date: 1961

Steel tanks for the temperature-controlled fermentation and maceration of the skins for 36-48 hours. Passage in pressurised tanks for the prise de mousse. Stabilisation and micro filtration are followed by bottle-ageing. Brachetto d’Acqui is a Light ruby red colour with purple highlights, lively froth and persistent perlage. Vigorous, fragrant and aromatic perfume with evident scents of ripe red fruit and withered rose. Sweet, smooth, delicate, sparkling and suave with a lingering aromatic persistence. It pairs with strawberries, forest fruits and with dried fruit too, such as walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, pistachios and figs. The most traditional pairing, with dessert at the end of a meal or in the middle of the afternoon, is with pastries and cakes, from Christmas panettone to jam tart.

Sommelier’s Recommendation  I am yet to find a dessert wine that pairs better with chocolate than Braida’s Brachetto d’Acqui! I love this wine. Very aromatic noae with candied raspberries, rose petals and stone fruit. Still a lot of fizz for only a semi sparkling wine. Lovely minerality on the palate leaving you smiling with satisfaction. Salute!

Giacomo Bologna established the small Braida Winery in Rocchetta Tanaro in Asti, Piedmont, in 1961.Grandchildren, Raffaella and Giuseppe Bologna now  run the wine estate. With their state-of-the-art cellars and forward-thinking work ethic, they have made Braida one of the most respected wineries in Piedmont. Their wines – most of them made from indigenous varieties – are well known among wine lovers as being refreshing, easy-to-drink ambassadors of the region. Highly rated wines include Il Bacialé, an elegant blend made with Barbera and Pinot Nero, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot; Montebruna, made in a large wooden barrel according to ancient tradition;