You may not have heard of Franciacorta (say it: Franch-ah-COURT-ah), but this summer, it’s all you’ll want to drink. The Italian sparkling wine, which is grown in the Franciacorta wine region, is produced using ‘metodo classico’, or traditional method, which guarantees wines of the finest quality. Grape varieties (including chardonnay, pinot noir, pinot blanc and the indigenous, late-ripening white grape erbamet) are harvested by hand, slow aged and matured anywhere from 18 to 60 months. The result is a sparkling wine that’s refreshing, yet complex, available in styles ranging from brut to rosé and even satén: a style unique to Franciacorta that is bottled at a lower pressure yielding refined bibbles reminiscent of satin.
Discover the taste for yourself on Wednesday June 5, when the Franciacorta Festival returns into New York City for the second year running.
If you made it to last year's festival, you'll have fond memories of being transported to the Italian countryside (Call Me By Your Name, anyone?) and sipping refreshing Franciacorta by the region's top producers. For everyone else: you're in for a treat. From 6.30pm to 9pm, the Redbury Hotel (29 E. 29th St.) will play host to more than 25 wineries from the Franciacorta region, who will all be showcasing their most delicious drops. What's more, there'll be small Italian bites from Marta, all selected to pair perfectly with the Franciacorta wine you’ll be sipping.
Tickets are just $35—book yours today.
Want to try some Franciacorta today? Check out their handy map of NYC, which includes all the restaurants which serve Franciacorta, as well as the retailers where you can buy a bottle to take home. Cheers!