Pale straw in color, with creamy aromas of peaches, apples and flowers, and a touch of wet gravel and smoke. Those same elements repeat on the palate, with a little chardonnay-style vanilla on the lingering finish. With firm structure and a rich mousse, this Italian sparkling wine is an ideal pairing with the disparate mix of flavors and textures in Greg’s grilled pizza, which presented a few wine-pairing challenges. The wine’s fairly high acidity helps mitigate the effect of a chemical component in asparagus (and artichokes) that clashes with wine. Also, the meaty, earthy qualities of shiitake mushrooms typically call for a wine with a little weight, and the Ca’ del Bosco’s creaminess meets that task. Finally, I consider Camembert and Champagne a classic pairing, and many people see Franciacorta as a worthy challenger to Champagne’s supremacy. GRANT
“Ca’ del Bosco is on the leading edge of the exciting new wave of Italian wine producers, making absolutely top-quality sparkling and still wines. Maurizio Zanella founded the winery in 1968, and dedicated himself to distinguishing the sparkling wines of Franciacorta. The reviews are in, and Ca’ del Bosco is, as Hugh Johnson puts it, “One of Italy’s best sparkling-winemakers.” The winery owns more than 230 acres in the region, with vineyards planted to Chardonnay, Pinot Bianco, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Pinot Nero and other indigenous Franciacorta grapes. Ca’ del Bosco’s reputation for sparkling wines has been secured by the excellence of its cuvées.
Situated among the gentle hills of Brescia, south of Lake Iseo, the Franciacorta region of Lombardy and its neighboring towns were historically better known for their production of firearms than wine. Maurizio Zanella has changed all of that and his talents have placed Franciacorta on the map of quality Italian wine regions. Zanella has worked to ensure the word “Franciacorta” would indicate a specific type of sparkling wine from a specific region, and would not be confused with “methode champenoise” or “spumante.” In 1995, his dream came true and the sparkling wine of Franciacorta was named a D.O.C.G. to be marketed as “Franciacorta.” Since the new D.O.C.G. standards require a minimum of two years aging before release, the first Ca’ del Bosco Franciacorta D.O.C.G. were released to the international market in 1997. Today, the winery’s sparkling wine production available in the U.S. includes six Franciacorta D.O.C.G., including the Brut NV, Dosage Zero and Cuvée Annamaria Clementi.One should not overlook the marvelous still wines also produced at this winery. The still wines include a bordelaise-inspired blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot, as well as a 100% Chardonnay, a 100% Pinot Nero (named “Pinero”) and two varietal based table wine
Ca’ del Bosco was named 2003 Winery of the Year, receiving 22 Tre Bicchieri awards from Italy’s prestigious Gambero Rosso.” –Terlato Wines International
Pairs With FoodBuzz Challenge #5- Grilled Pizza, Same As It Never Was
Also pairs well with appetizers, Asian food, fish, frito misto, pasta, salty food, seafood, sushi.
- Category Sparkling Wine
- Varietal Blend
- Region Lombardia Italy