Brachetto is a red Italian grape grown predominately in the Piedmont region and it offers a very fragrant aroma and light body which also comes aside hints of strawberry which can immediately be found on the nose and palette.
Brachetto Di'Acqui is made in both still and sparkling versions (I go for the spumante!) and is pretty much a light red version of Muscato di'Asti. And at a wine event I helped serve at a few weeks ago, @TishWine introduced me to Rosa Regale from Castello Banfi in Italy. And for me... I've never met a Banfi I didn't enjoy (hello, Brunello di Montalcino!) so I immediately went in for the kill and gave it a taste.
To my delight, this particular Brachetto Di'Acqui was lightly effervescent (softer than champagne) with a blend of rose and raspberry on the nose, and a sweet, yet appealing touch of berry to follow on the tongue. It quickly became the most popular wine selection by event attendees over the course of the evening and we all heightened our already-pleasant-experience by pairing a glass with a bit of dark chocolate.
Where To Buy: Wine.com
Pairing: This is a perfect selection to serve as a dessert wine, or even to pair on a summer afternoon with a salad or bowl of fruit... or dark chocolate as mentioned above!