Italian Sparkling Wines For New Year’s Eve

I’m on my way to Austria today if all goes well. I still have to write about the most famous of Austrian Grape varieties: Gruner Veltliner and of course, the king of whites – Riesling. I hope to do that while I am away. If I don’t get the chance to write again before the end of 2010, I wish all a very Happy New Year and a healthy and prosperous 2011. Thanks for reading Avvinare this year. My readership is up but as always, it would be great to have more readers and much more participation.

I hopefully will ring in the New Year with an Italian sparkler. There are so many to choose from whether it be Ferrari from Trento, sparkling wine from Franciacorta, a Prosecco from the Veneto or a sparkler from another region. Italians are now all making sparkling wines from indigenous varieties, a movement I find very exciting. I have had sparklers from a wide variety of indigenous grapes – Ribolla Gialla from Friuli, Pecorino from Le Marche and Abruzzo, Pinot Noir from Lombardia and the list goes on. Not to be forgotten are the great red sparklers Lambrusco and Gragnano, among others. Check out Snooth’s article the other day on Italian sparklers for some specific recommendations. I trust Greg’s palate and his long experience with Italian wines.

Whatever it will be, I know a little piece of my heart will be in Italy on New Year’s as it always is, ringing in the New Year and saying tanti auguri, buon anno a tutti!!!

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