Giulio Ferrari was the first to make substantial plantings of Chardonnay in Italy. It was his dream to create a wine in Trentino to compete with the best French Champagne.
This sparkling wine is produced in the traditional method, the same as used with the famous wines of Champagne. In the mountainous region of Trentino, Italy, it is called Metodo Classico and its maker aims to rival the great sparkling wines of France.
The Trentodoc DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controliata) wine region is the largest vineyard zone planted with Chardonnay in Italy. The DOC was the first in Italy established specifically for the production of Metodo Classico sparkling wine and the second in the world after Champagne, France.
The process is painstaking – with the an initial fermentation, the addition of sugar and yeast, a second fermentation that creates the bubbles and then the two to 10 year wait as the wine is carefully rotated an eighth turn at a time. The sediment is then removed by a process known as dégorgement.
Heavenly indeed is the final product when done properly.
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Salmon And Sparkling Wine
Salmon and sparkling wine is a sensational pairing. Oysters are said to be the ultimate pairing with bubbly, but we’re not big oyster fans.
The Gruyere cheese with its slightly nutty flavor was enjoyable as we watched the bubbles swirl.
In the glass the Ferrari Brut is a straw yellow. There was a creamy foam when first poured but it seemed the streams of bubbles faded before long. A “topping off” ignited the stream of effervescence once again.
This wine is 100% Chardonnay, unlike Champagne that typically is a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir. Trentino is known for its apple orchards and the Brut has a fresh taste of ripe apples.There is also a yeasty, bread flavor.
Enjoyable Italian Sparkler
We’re fans of sparkling wine in general. It’s festive and food friendly. For those who feel that Champagne is too pricey, there are many international options that are produced in the traditional method at a more reasonable price.
The Ferrari Brut is a noteworthy value at $25 or less. The wine’s heritage is more than a century old, but its taste conveys the modern style and elegance of Italy.
Full disclosure: We received this bottle as a marketing sample.