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

Cupcake 2020 Moscato DAsti Italy
89 points
$13
Best Buy
Light golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of peach jam, orange marmalade, dried apricot, and candied lemon peel with a satiny, lively, effervescent, sweet medium body and a seamless, interesting, buoyant finish conveying notes of lemon preserves, elderflower, orange blossom, ginger, and brown sugar with no oak flavor. A balanced, refreshingly sweet and sparkly finish to a meal.
89 points $13 Best Buy
Abbazia NV Cuvée Prestige Extra Dry Sparkling Wine Italy
85 points
$10
White gold color. Fruity aromas and flavors of hints of peach, pineapple, green apple, melons, green almond, and honey with a satiny, tangy, dryish light body and an even, buoyant finish with no oak flavor. A vibrant, fruity sparkler for casual celebrations.
Abbazia NV Sparkling Rosé Dolce Italy
85 points
$12
Bright pink coral color. Aromas and flavors of raspberries in whipped cream, sweet honey, watermelon candies, and peach gummies with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, sweet light-to-medium body and a sleek, medium-length finish with no oak flavor. A candied quaffer for your sweet tooth.
Cupcake NV Sparkling Rose Italy
83 points
$13
Pale silvery amber color. Aromas and flavors of grapefruit peel, river stones, and yellow apple with a supple, crisp, bubbly, off-dry light-to-medium body and an even, quick finish that presents impressions of ocean breeze and strawberry and thyme with no oak flavor. A mostly dry Sparkling Rosé with a hint of citrus and berry.