|Ciao Asheville Says Arrivederci to 2019
and Buon Giorno to 2020
Ciao Asheville Welcomes 2020
with "La Cena" on Charlotte Street
An Italian Dinner Paired with Italian Wines from VOLIO Fine Wine Imports
with Chef Chris Benson at Bone and Broth
on Monday, January 20th, 2020 at 6pm.
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And Send 2019 Out with Franciacorta
Barone Pizzini "Animante" Extra Brut, $37
Barone Pizzini was founded in 1870 by the noble family of the same name.
It is one of the oldest wineries in Franciacorta, and was the first winery in the region
to promote biodiversity and natural farming methods. This choice was made in mid-90s
because it was essential to having “live” vines, to produce healthy grapes
to for wines that are a complete expression of the terroir.
Animante is sourced from the estate’s 25 vineyards in locations across Franciacorta.
The average elevation of the vines is 200/300 meters above sea level,
with an average age of 20 years. Subsoils are complex in origin.
Some are morainic in nature, while others are enriched by glacial river deposits.
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Bianco are sourced from all four distinct sites
and harvested in August. Grapes are gently pressed, fermented in stainless steel tanks
for six months, and further refined in bottle on natural yeasts for 20-30 months
until disgorgement and a dosage mixture of 2-3g/l of organic sugar is added.
Franciacorta’s layered geological formations boast complex microclimates.
Wines are defined by both a sub-Alpine and Mediterranean-type climate
due to the proximity of Lake Iseo. Summers are tolerably hot and dry,
while winters remain milder, contributing to freshness and complex aromas.
Morainic soils are conducive to stone fruit flavors, spice and florality.
Franciacorta’s moderate to high acidity makes it admirably versatile at the table.
Animante Brut offers a zesty texture, a vein of minerality and vibrant acidity
that cuts through a creamy risotto or pasta. For a delightful contrast,
match to foods rich in umamisuch as mushrooms, cured meats or shellfish,
flavors that will act as a balancing agentto the full stone fruit notes.