Cards of Wine

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 (Frizzante).

Typical Flavors


Strawberry
Wild
Strawberry
Cherry
Wild
Cherry
Blueberry
Blueberry
Blackberry
Blackberry

Wild berry flavors are typical for Brachetto, with hints of bitterness.

Profile

Brachetto tends to be acidic and fizzy:

BODYLight
TANNINSLight
FRUITHigh
ACIDITYHigh
Serving temperature:
8-10°C (46-50°F)
Brachetto tastes perfect when served cool.

Food Pairing


Olive Oil
Olive Oil
Antipasti
Antipasti
Ham
Ham
Salami
Salami

Pasta
Pasta
Pizza
Pizza
Sandwich
Sandwich
Hamburger
Hamburger

Chicken
Chicken
Rabbit
Rabbit
Pork
Pork
Veal
Veal

Brachetto pairs well with Mediterranean Cuisine and Street Food.

Pairing Suggestions

Excellent Pairing:
Mediterranean Cuisine.
Fried Vegetables. Tapas.
Spicy and Ethnic Food. Indian.
Pasta. Ravioli. Lasagne. Risotto.
Cured Meat. Ham. Salumi.
Sandwich. Pizza. Hamburger.
Pulled Pork Wraps. BBQ Ribs.
Poultry. Rabbit. Veal.

Cheese:
Cheese. Parmigiano. Grana.

Emilia Romagna Specialities:
Gnocco Fritto (Fried Bread).
Tigelle (Flatbread).
Cappelletti (Fresh Pasta Stuffed with Meat).
Tortelloni di Zucca (Pumpkin Ravioli).

Sweet Brachetto loves fruity desserts.

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: