Why Connoisseurs Are Loving Pignoletto Sparkling Wine

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Wine attracts a lot of snobbery – but sometimes that snobbery is because those in the know have the inside track on a really great wine! What’s setting the wine connoisseur community abuzz right now is pignoletto sparkling wine. Champagne has long been a favourite but it can be expensive. Gradually consumers switched to prosecco, the Italian bubbly which is a lot like champagne. Prosecco prices have also started to creep up and now pignoletto looks set to take the crown of good value customer favourite in the wine aisle at the liquor store. But there’s more to pignoletto than just an attractive price tag, as we’ll explain to you here.

A Glass Of Refreshment

Pignoletto is a sparkling white wine. It has a crisp, fresh taste. Originally pignoletto was the name of the grape. It was cultivated in Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region, close to where prosecco is made. These days, connoisseurs use the pignoletto name to refer to the wine itself. The grape is the variety now known as grechetto. Often producers will include about ten percent of the grape Riesling. Riesling, best known in German wines, is sweet, tasty and adds a little bit more complexity to the structure of the pignoletto. The wine is gaining fans amongst wine experts partly because it has such a freshness. That makes it lovely and refreshing on a warm day. A glass as an aperitif before dinner works well, but the wine can also be paired with a meal. It goes well with light dishes, including white meats and fish.

Why Pignoletto Has Great Taste

It’s not surprising that pignoletto is like a fashionable new prosecco – the two wines have a lot in common. Not only are they from areas in Italy with similar climates and terrains, the production process for the two wines is quite alike. One key element is what is known as the charmat method of production, which wine experts sometimes also refer to as tank method or cuve close. Wines made using charmat undergo their first fermentation like other wines. Most other wines have their second fermentation in the bottle itself while they wait for you to drink them. The charmat method is different. Those wines get their second fermentation in sealed pressure tanks, normally made of steel. Yeast and sugar are added to these tanks to aid the natural fermentation process. After that it will be filtered before being bottled under pressure to keep the bubbles we love in bubbly of any variety. Charmat means that pignoletto has a fresher, more intense fruit nose and flavour than it would if there was no second fermentation.

Great Value In A Bottle

Wine aficionados have long held Italian wine to be good value – and that’s certainly true of pignoletto. It’s cheaper than prosecco and much cheaper than champagne, but a great drink. You can pick  up a bottle for a good price from many Italian producers. What’s even better news for wine drinkers, though, is that wine stores and supermarkets have been quick to pick up on the rising popularity of pignoletto. Many of them are now bottling carefully selected pignoletto wines under their own name labels, offering an even better value option in the wine aisle. Pignoletto is refreshing, tasty, comes from a renowned wine region and is the perfect accompaniment to food. It is a refreshing tipple on a hot day or to mark a special occasion. The wine is special because of its production process and wine connoisseurs are already lauding it as the next prosecco. Why not pick up a bottle to try the next time you are passing a wine store?