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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 (Frizzante).

Typical Flavors


Strawberry
Wild
Strawberry
Cherry
Wild
Cherry
Cherry
Black
Cherry
Blueberry
Blueberry

Blackberry
Blackberry Jam
Violets
Violets
Rose
Red Roses
Blossom
Orange Blossom

Rhubarb
Rhubarb
Herbs
Dried Herbs
Juice
Grape Juice
Limestone
Soil

Wild berry and floral flavors are typical for Brachetto.

Profile

Brachetto is fruity, acidic and fizzy, like Barbera meets Champagne:

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

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 International Cuisine and Street Food.
Perfect for a brunch.

Pairing Suggestions

Excellent Pairing:
Emilia Romagna and International Cuisine. Tapas.
Spicy and Ethnic Food. Indian.
Spaghetti Bolognese. Bolognese Sauce.
Pasta. Ravioli. Lasagne. Tortelli. Tortellini.
Prosciutto di Parma (Parma Ham). Salumi.
Cured Meat. Pulled Pork Wraps. BBQ Ribs.
Sandwich. Pizza. Hamburger.
Poultry. Rabbit. Veal.
Fried Vegetables.

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 a bodied red wine.

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

The large size of the glass allows the 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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