About Sparkling Wines from Italy

About Sparkling Wines from Italy
Italy is regularly the world's leading producer of wine quantity-wise (or second next to France - the numbers are very similar), which should come as no surprise, as wine is produced in each of the country's 20 regions (this is the only country in the world where this is true). While there are still many inexpensive red wines produced in the south as well as in Abruzzo in the country's central region,along with a multitude of value-priced whites from the Veneto region in the north, the emphasis over the last thirty years in the Italian wine industry has been more on quality as well as regional and varietal differences in their wines. Some of the world's most highly regarded red wines, such as Brunello di Montalcino (Tuscany) as well as Barolo and Barbaresco (Piedmont) are produced in Italy and have brought the country great respect from critics and consumers the world round. Of course, Chianti is a moderately priced red that is as popular a red wine as there is anywhere and Barbera from Piedmont and Nero d'Avola from Sicily, two tangy, spicy reds, have become extremely popular over the past two decades. As of late, Italian white wines have made great strides, as examples from Friuli, Alto Adige and Campania among other regions, have been recognized for their distinctiveness and vibrancy. Combining a sense of history with the emphasis on traditional indigenous varieties, along with a willingness to experiment and craft wines that modern consumers are looking for, the Italian wine industry is as strong and as relevant as ever.

Top Picks for Italy

Sparkling Wines

Saracco 2017  Moscato dAsti DOCG
95 points
$16.99
Best Buy
Silvery straw color. Aromas of acacia, turkish delight, honeysuckle, and peaches in cream with a round, vibrant, very sweet medium body and a smooth, involved, medium-long baby’s breath, mango lassi, pineapple confection, poured fondant, and candied pear finish. A very sweet, completely delicious Moscato that drapes that palate in opulence.
95 points $16.99 Best Buy
Ruggeri 2017 Giustino B. Superiore Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG
95 points
$32.99
Silvery emerald straw color. Fresh aromas of finger lime, exotic flowers, candied pear, and bamboo with a fruity fat body and a layered, long turkish delight, wet stone, orange sherbet, and lily finish. A stylish Prosecco with intriguing minerality, memorable length, and kisses of sweetness.
95 points $32.99
Ruggeri NV Gialloro Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG
93 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of sliced apples, underripe nectarine, gravel, raw pistachio, and custard with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dryish light body and a silky, captivating, carefree finish revealing notes of freshly peeled orange. This is a showstopper example of the heights that DOCG Prosecco can reach, showing off a serious and dry palate to complement its natural fruity qualities, and a finish that goes on for days.
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
Lunetta NV  Prosecco
92 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Pale straw color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of summer peach, honeysuckle, lilac, sweet basil, and starfruit with a silky, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity full body and a seamless, charming, medium-length finish displaying notes of sweet almond and sea salt with no oak flavor. A tasty, crowd-pleasing prosecco with lovely depth of flavor.
92 points $13.99 Best Buy
Ruggeri 2016 Giustino B. Extra Dry Prosecco Superiore DOCG
92 points
$34.99
Bright silvery emerald straw color. Aromas of lemon soufflé, sweet anise, baked apple, sea shore, and citron with a glycerous, lively, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light body and a polished, medium-long starfruit soda and sea salt finish with no oak flavor. A velvety prosecco for elegant hors d’ouevres.
92 points $34.99
Ca’ D’or NV Noble Cuvée Franciacorta DOCG
91 points
$33
Yellow straw color. Aromas of lemon custard, popovers, oregano focaccia, gingerbread, and honey butter with a velvety, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, complex, long dried apricot, lemon marmalade, walnut confection, dried mushrooms, and sea salt finish with light oak flavor. A gracious Franciacorta that will be stupendous with dinner, friends, and good times.
Lunetta NV  Prosecco DOC
90 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Attractive aromas of yellow apple, turkish delight, key lime, lemon bar, and freesia with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light body and an effortless, interesting, medium-long pastry cream, apricot, fresh cut grass, mango skin, and peach tea finish with no oak flavor. An wide-appealing prosecco that offers plenty of nuance and sophistication.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
Ruggeri 2017 Giustino B. Extra Dry Prosecco Superiore DOCG
90 points
$32.99
Emerald straw color. Aromas of pressed flowers and almond tea cakes with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length spritz of lemon, key lime, sweet herbs, and tangerine finish with no oak flavor. A fizzy white with attractive notes of citrus fruits and herbs; simple and elegant.
90 points $32.99
Stella Rosa NV  Moscato dAsti
90 points
$12
Best Buy
Golden yellow color. Floral, fruity aromas of honeycomb, dried apricots, ripe melons, honeysuckle, and baby’s breath with a round, crisp, effervescent, sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length poached pear, white tea, allspice, and lime zest finish with no oak flavor. A heady and nectar-like Moscato with fine depth of flavor.
Awards: 2018 World Value Wine Challenge Best Value Moscato d'Asti
90 points $12 Best Buy
Acquesi NV Secco Asti
90 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Yellow color. Floral, sweet aromas of honeysuckle, peach confection, elderflower, and candied lemon with a satiny, crisp, dry light body and a graceful, medium-length apricot fruit leather, limestone, and orange blossom finish with no oak flavor. A dry, quenching Asti that will be lovely with Italian cheeses, shellfish and more.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy