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Not only will Taste of Italy Houston (Thursday, March 3) feature some of Italy’s leading food producers, it will also include some of the best wines produced there as well, like Franciacorta, Italy’s most famous sparkling wine made about an hour east of Milan on Lake Iseo (Brescia province, above, one of the Lake District lakes).
Franciacorta is a classic-method sparkling wine produced using Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Blanc in the foothills of the Alps.
Since the 1960s, winemakers there have made some of Italy’s (and the world’s) most coveted sparkling wines thanks to the area’s unique growing conditions, including: The wide variety of morainic, limestone, and clay subsoils of the Franciacorta amphitheater; the maritime influence of Lake Iseo to the north (part of Italy’s beautiful Lake District); and the Alpine climate of their high-lying vineyards.
Because Franciacorta growers are able to achieve greater ripeness than their counterparts in other sparkling wine regions and because they have a wider diversity of soil types, their wines stand apart from their transalpine cousins for their remarkable freshness, rich fruit character, and signature minerality (some would call it salinity).
Two of Franciacorta’s most celebrated producers, Fratelli Berlucchi and Ca’ del Bosco, will be on hand on March 3 to pour their wines.