About Regional Sparkling

About Regional Sparkling
Italians love their sparkling wines, so you will have no problem finding bubblies across the country. Besides Prosecco from the Veneto region, the most popular sparkler is the lightly sweet, slightly sparkling Moscato d'Asti from Spumante.

Moscato is also used to produce fresh, simple sparkling wines from other Italian regions, especially Veneto. These wines have pleasant apricot, peach and yellow flower aromas and are a delight to drink on their own after a meal or paired with fresh fruit.

Two other more "serious" sparkling wines from Italy are Alta Langa and Franciacorta, both made according to the classic method. The former is from Piemonte, produced from Pinot Nero (Pinot Noir) and Chardonnay. There are both traditional styles as well as rosé. Quite dry and with good acidity, these are complex wines for enjoyment within three to five years of release; they are rich enough to pair with all types of seafood, with the rosés working well with lighter red meats, pork and veal.

Franciacorta is arguably the highest quality sparkling wine in Italy; produced in the Lombardy region, the best examples have the complexity and structure of the finest bubblies in the world. These are priced accordingly,, but they are very rewarding and can stand up to rich seafood and most meats.

Top Picks for Regional Sparkling

Cantina Colle Moro NV Frizzante Terre di Chieti IGT
87 points
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of peach pit, nutskin, and souffle with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, breezy finish manifesting impressions of lemon marmalade on toast and orange and kiwi zest with no oak flavor. A dry and zesty sparkler for the table.
87 points $13.99 Best Buy
Mi Amore NV  Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro
84 points
Deep purple color. Aromas of blackberry cobbler, grape pips, blackberry leaf, and earth with a slightly chewy, crisp, spritzy, off-dry light-to-medium body and a seamless, snappy black tea, thyme, and candied almond finish. A grippy off-dry Lambrusco for cheese.
84 points $14.99