Frizzante (fizzy) is a semi-sparkling Italian wine. The gentle bubbles are produced during a secondary fermentation in large pressurized, sealed stainless steel tanks that trap the bubble creating carbon dioxide inside. This method is called the Charmat or tank method. The Charmat method is used with grape varieties that are highly aromatic, helping to preserve the fresh fruity aromas and flavors.
The ideal time to drink Frizzante – ” … when you want a joyful, quintessentially Italian, democratically priced wine that you can cheerfully polish off a bottle of,” according to Richard Baudains, Decanter World Wine Awards regional chair for Veneto. What better time than now during the holiday season to open a bottle of Frizzante from Piedmont and enjoy it with a selection of holiday sweet treats.
This month the Italian Food, Wine, and Travel group is exploring sparkling wines from Italy. Join the group on Twitter December 5th at 11:00 AM ET for our chat (using hashtag #ItalianFWT to follow and join the conversation), and be sure to read more articles on sparkling wines of Italy from the group at the end of this post.
The Difference between the fizziness in sparkling wines
Atmospheres of pressure in sparkling wines determine the level of effervescence or strength of the bubbles; the higher the atmospheric pressure, the stronger the bubbles.
Semi-sparkling wines like Frizzante (Italian), Petillant (French), and Spritzig (German) have between 1- 2.5 atmospheres of pressure.
Fully sparkling wines like Champagne (French), Crémant (French & Luxembourg), Spumante (Italian), and Sekt (German) have between 5-6 atmospheres of pressure.
Mosketto Frizzante from Southeastern Piedmont
Disclosure: I received three bottles of Mosketto Frizzante from Donna White Communications as media samples. All opinions are my own.
The Mosketto brand is produced by MGM Mondo del Vino, founded in 1991 by three oenologists and winemakers. In 2005, they sold a large proportion of their shares to their management team, and in 2013, the company became part of the Mondodelvi S.p.A. group.
The vineyards are located on the hilly ridge that goes from Acqui Terme in Brachetto d’Acqui DOCG to Santo Stefano Belbo in the Asti and Moscato d’ Asti DOCG at an altitude between 250-400 meters. The soils are mostly light limestone marl with some sandy component.
The two grape varieties in the Mosketto Frizzante wines are Moscato Bianco, also known in French as Muscat Blanc à Petits Grain, considered the finest of the muscat grape varieties. It is highly aromatic with notes of rose petals, mandarin orange, honeysuckle, Meyer lemon, and vanilla bean. The red grape variety is Brachetto, a light red grape variety with strong floral and fruity aromatic notes of raspberries, strawberries, cherries, and rose petals.
My Tasting Notes
Mosketto Frizzante Bianco
5% abv | $12.00 SRP (sample) | 100% Moscato
Pale straw in color with a light body and medium(-) acidity. Aromas of orange blossom, honeysuckle, and sweet oranges. On the palate, sweet with light, delicate tiny refreshing bubbles and flavors of mandarin orange, ripe pear, and white peach balanced with a hint of acidity.
Mosketto Frizzante Rosato
5.5% abv | $12.00 SRP (sample) | Moscato and Brachetto
Pale pink in color with medium(-) body and acidity. Aromas of black currant. On the palate, sweet with light creamy effervescent bubbles and flavors of mandarin orange, black currant, and raspberry.
Mosketto Frizzante Rosso
5.5% abv | $12.00 SRP (sample) | 100% Brachetto
Pale ruby in color with medium body, medium(-) acidity, and low tannins. Aromas of cherries, raspberries, and rose petals. On the palate, sweet with light creamy bubbles and flavors of sweet cherries and raspberries.
The wines are sweet with low alcohol, highly aromatic, and gently sparkling. Holiday sweet treats that are less sweet than the wines proved to be the perfect festive pairings with these wines. The Frizzante Blanco and Rosato paired nicely with treats made with almonds or pistachios. The wine highlighted and emphasized those nut flavors, and the treats balanced out the wine’s sweetness. The Panettone also offset the sweetness in the wine, giving the wine a higher perception of acidity, in a good way.
This was my first taste of the grape variety Brachetto. I read Brachetto pairs beautifully with chocolate! The pairing with the chocolate truffles and chocolate crinkle cookies did not disappoint. Like the nuts to the Moscato, the Brachetto enhanced the chocolate flavor in both the chocolate crinkle cookies and chocolate truffles.
The only cookie that did not wow me as a pairing was the cranberry oat and white chocolate biscuit. It was a neutral pairing.
Other pairings I would suggest are a fresh or simple stone fruit and berry desserts, poached pears, light mousse desserts, and panna cotta.
It is the season to celebrate and be grateful for even the smallest of wonders in our lives. I encourage you to take a pause to enjoy a glass of Frizzante with some holiday sweet treats.
Sources: The Wine Bible, Karen MacNeil, The Oxford Companion to Wine, Jancis Robinson, Daring Pairings, Evan Goldstein, WineFolly.com, wine-searcher.com, naturalmerchants.com
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