Braida Brachetto d’Acqui, Roccetta Tanaro, Piedmont, Italy 2018
Is it fresh baked raspberry scone, or strawberry shortcake? Guess that depends on what time of day it is… Not that strawberry shortcake can’t be had for breakfast. My mind went to Poptarts. But honestly, what’s not to love about this wine? Most importantly, those layers of beautiful aromatics are more complex than your average “sweet wine” with a touch of peppercorns and rose petals and clearly the palate has enough bright acidity to bring balance to that kiss of sweetness. A number of people feel that they’re not big ‘fans’ of sweet wines, and you don’t have to be to enjoy this.
You just need to know how to smile.
Giuseppe Bologna is a name is most remembered for being one of the first winemakers to truly unlock the potential for Barbera as world class grape variety. Two generations later, Braida wines remain adored and respected at the highest level as the family’s dedication to their craft has never wavered. Their properties are in different corners of the Monferrato region and include what are now considered Cru sites for the Barbera grape. Brachetto is one of the only other grapes the family grows, tending to it with the same love and care that they do their Barbera.