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Brachetto d'Acqui (Italy)

Brachetto is a red Italian wine grape from Piemonte.

In Piemonte, the grape is vinified as semi sparkling red wine (Frizzante), much like Lambrusco, a sparkling wine (Spumante), a Rosé wine, and as a dessert wine (Passito).

This card describes the Brachetto d’Acqui DOCG Rosso (Sweet).

Typical Flavors


Strawberry
Wild
Strawberry
Pomegranate
Pomegranate
Peach
Peach
Rose
Roses

Strawberry flavors are typical for Brachetto.

Profile

Brachetto d’Acqui is Sweet, Fresh and Flavorful:

SUGARSweet
BODYLight
FRUITMedium
ACIDITYMedium
Serving temperature:
6-8°C (43-46°F)

Food Pairing


Aperitif
Meditation
Aperitif
Strawberries
Strawberries
Fruit
Fruit
Dried Fruit
Dried Fruit

Cantucci
Biscuits
Panettone
Fruit Cakes
Strawberry Pie
Red Fruit Pie
Chocolate
Chocolate

Brachetto d’Acqui can be served as a light apertif.

In Piemonte it is served with fruit and Dolci (the dessert).

Pairing Suggestions

Not too sweet desserts:
Strawberries !!!
Fresh Fruit. Dried Fruit.
Fruit Cake. Red Fruit Pie. Panettone.
Biscuits. Cantucci.

Other Excellent Pairing:
Chocolate. Spicy Asian Sweet and Sour.

Brachetto d’Acqui DOCG

Brachetto d’Acqui DOCG is produced around Acqui Terme in Piemonte.

Brachetto got the DOCG status in 1996 (DOC in 1969).

Rosso, Spumante, and Passito must contain a minimum of 100% Brachetto grapes

Rosso must have an alcohol level of 11.5%.

Spumante cannot exceed 2.5 atmospheres pressure.

Passito grapes must be dried to achieve a potential alcohol level of 15.5%

The Ideal Glass

The Bordeaux glass is perfect for medium to full bodied red wines.

It is taller than other red wine glasses, and has a slimmer bowl.

The large size of the glass allows the fruit bouquet to develop. It smooths out rough edges, plays down tannins, and allows the wines to achieve balance.

The slimmer bowl sends the wine directly to the back of the mouth for maximum taste.

Piemonte (Piedmont)

Piemonte has been an important wine province since Roman times. The area is influenced both culturally and climatically by the Alps in the north, and the Ligurian coast in the south.

Piemonte

Nebbiolo (the power of the Barolo and Barbaresco) is the most famous grape of Piemonte, followed by the red grapes Barbera and Dolcetto.

For whites, Cortese and Arneis are the most popular grapes.

For dessert, the off-dry, sparkling Moscato d'Asti is the queen.

The most important wine regions are:

  • Asti (Barbera d'Asti)
  • Langhe (Nebbiolo, Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera di Alba, Dolcetto, Roero)
  • Monferrato (Barbera del Monferrat, Nizza, Cortese di Gavi)
  • North (Gattinara, Ghemme)

Piemonte has 17 DOCG regions:

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