Brachetto

  (bruh-KET-oh)
Synonyms: Borgogna, Bracchetto, Bracelet, Brachet de Nice, Brachetto d’ Acqui, Brachetto d’ Alexandrie, Brachetto di Montabone, Brachetto du Piemont, Braquet des Jardins, Calitor, Moscato Nero

Wine Name: Brachetto d’Acqui, Brachetto, Rosa Regale, Stella Rosa

Background: Brachetto is a delightful, low alcohol, frizzante wine made in the Piedmonte area of northern Italy. It has very berry aromas of raspberry and cherry with notes of tar, clove and flowers such as violets or orchids. The wine is light to medium-bodied, a deep rose color, and generally with a trace of sweetness (a few are medium-sweet). It is often used as a greeting wine or an appertivo and also goes well with spicy food.

Classic Brands and Sources: Banfi, Baravalle, Braida, Ca’ dei Mandorli, Gancia, Marenco

Characteristics:

Style #1 – typical

Body – light

Acidity – perceived as low

Sweetness – off dry

Tannins – medium


Wine and food pairing guidelines:
Brachetto goes well with medium acid foods and foods that are spicy, savory or slightly sweet

Foods and Entrees that usually pair:
Pairs with heavier fish, shellfish, chicken, pork and veal with that have spicy or sweet and sour sauces. Pacific rim foods from China, Thailand, and Vietnam as well as Mexican foods and American Barbecue.

Cheese Pairings:
Brick, Colby, Double Glouster, Edam, Fontina, Gorgonzola, Gouda, Gruyère, Havarti, Langres, Vermont Shepard