After the Gambero Rosso Road Show, I was pleased to be included, along with my husband and daughter, for dinner with Jeremy Parzen and Silvano Brescianini at Dolce Vita, one of Houston's best casual Italian restaurants. After a day of spitting wine, it was so nice to sit down and enjoy some of Silvano's fantastic sparkling Italian wine alongside the delicious and authentic Italian dinner offerings while hearing more about his home and his organically grown wines.
We drank his Animonte Francicorta Brut which is a Chardonnay based blend of the three allowed grapes.This fresh sparkling wine has aromas of lemon zest with light hints of toast and jasmine with long lasting bubbles, fresh acidity and a lingering citrus finish. It was perfect with everything from the fish to the octopus to the salad to the pizza. The pairing potential of this wine is endless.
I do love sparkling wine and it is so wonderful to see more of this type of wine in Houston on wine lists and in retail stores, we are fortunate to live in the city that we do. After listening to Silvano, however, it does seem a trip to Brescia and the Franciacorta region is a must-do; I personally will be trying to get there as soon as possible.