Brachetto is typically lightly sweet, but it can be robust enough that the Piedmontese drink it with salami, sausages, soups and braises, but more typically with dry pastries, fruit desserts and mature, firm cheeses and perhaps its greatest pairing, anything with chocolate, especially dark or bittersweet. It is at its best drunk young and fresh when it expresses all the vivacious and sprightly aspects of the Brachetto grape: a sharp and clear Muscat-like aroma with scents of violets, peaches, plums, raspberries and rose petals and intense, luscious notes of cooked apple and mature musky fruit on the palate, all animated by the wine’s natural effervescence.
According to popular tradition, the wine was greatly appreciated by, and was the preferred beverage of, one of the most famous characters of the Italian comedy in masks, Gianduja da Gioan d'laduja or Giovanni of the Jug. The figure drew inspiration for his bubbly high spirits from this fizzy ruby red with fragrant foam. The character had the reputation of being a heavy drinker. And he regarded Brachetto as the wine most suited to filling the jug he always carried around with him and to satisfying his refined palate.
Although some big companies make large amounts of Brachetto, production on the level of a small estate such as Cascina Garitina is extremely limited and herein lays the difference. There are a lot of Brachetto wines out there now and they’re all great fun, but many are rather thin and syrupy (and expensive) –more like light liqueurs than wine. And it is exactly that ‘winey’ aspect of this estate-bottled Brachetto, darker than most, with well-defined structure and real-wine character (and a very fair price!), which we feel distinguishes the Brachetto of Cascina Garitina. If you enjoy Brachetto and want to try a new one, or if you’ve never tried one before, we urge you to try this delicious and charming sparkler.