No less than Christmas time, Easter brings to Italian tables…
Italy affecionados have probably heard of the Spumante at least once, and as the Christmas festivities are drawing closer, there is an even wider choice in the italian and roman supermarkets and roman wine bars, but also in the italian delicatessen scattered worldwide.
Indeed the spumante , which means literally â€œfoamingâ€?, is a white sparkling wine, which can be dry or sweet , and the choice depends on the food accompanying it or, more simply, of your preference.
The Spumante is the symbol in Italy of partying and recurring occasions, such as birthdays and winter holidays.
If until recently it was believed that the technique of the sparkling wine had been invented by the French , with the famous Champagne as a result, new studies prove that in fact, the method was developed even at an earlier stage in Italy.
Spumante wine can be produced by different types of grapes, but we nowadays tend to use the same technique as the French counterparts by using mostly the Pinot Nero and the Chardonnay quality, which are broadly renowned.
One the most famous Italian spumante is the Asti, produced with the Moscato.
Curiosity : Most of the time, the bottles of spumante do not bear the year of production because they usually are a mix of wines of different years and therefore only good years will be specified.
Best before : Unlike most wines the Spumante has a short life span and you should drink it shortly after the purchase. And forget the popular belief of the spoon in the neck of the bottle which is useless.