Wednesday March 16, 2016 6pm-8pm, Jeremy Parzen Ph.D. will lead a Franciacorta Real Story tasting at The Wine Bottega @ 341 Hanover Street Boston, MA 02113. This is a drop in tasting and he will do a brief talk at the start. No need to register, just drop in anytime between 6pm-8pm to taste, but come at 6pm to hear his brief talk.This is one of his favorite wine shops in the U.S.
I reached out to Jeremy Parzen Ph.D. about Franciacorta Sparkling Wine from the Franciacorta Region of Italy. It has won competitions over French Champagne. It’s really something great for you to try, a nice wine for anytime of the year and in my opinion, it compliments any type of food. One of my favorite easy pairings is take out Chinese food with Franciacorta on a Friday night after a long work week.
Jeremy Parzen, Ph.D. is a wine industry marketing consultant, a widely published wine and food historian, and author of DoBianchi.com, a blog devoted (mostly) to Italian wine. He is proud to live in Houston, where he and his wife Tracie are raising two microtexans. He writes regularly about wine for the Houston Press and Houstonia magazine. And he is also the author of a (mostly) Southern Italian wine list at the popular Italian restaurant Sotto in Los Angeles, called “one of the most interesting lists in Los Angeles” by the LA Times and recently cited by LA Magazine as one of the “best places to drink Italian wine in LA.” A former rock musician, he continues to compose and record original music in his spare time. (Bio courtesy of Jeremy Parzen)
W & M: What is your every day wine ( brand, style or wine variety)
Jeremy: We drink mostly low-alcohol, fresh white wine every day. Right now, Grüner Veltliner. But it could be Soave or Trebbiano d’Abruzzo.
W & M: What is your splurge wine?
Jeremy: Nebbiolo and white Burgundy.
W & M: Do you have a favorite wine quote or wine toast?
Jeremy: Barbaresco is my signora, Burgundy is my mistress.
W & M: Please tell readers something about the history of the Franciacorta region, how you came to collaborate with the Franciacorta consortium and what your role is?
Jeremy: Franciacorta is a place.
Franciacorta is an Italian wine appellation.
Franciacorta is a wine.
Franciacorta is a classic-method sparkling wine produced using Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Blanc in the foothills of the Alps in Brescia province, Italy (about an hour east of Milan by car). Since the 1960s, winemakers there have made some of Italy’s (and the world’s) most coveted sparkling wines thanks to the area’s unique growing conditions, including: The wide variety of morainic, limestone, and clay subsoils of the Franciacorta amphitheater; the maritime influence of Lake Iseo to the north (part of Italy’s beautiful Lake District); and the Alpine climate of their high-lying vineyards. Because Franciacorta growers are able to achieve greater ripeness than their counterparts in other sparkling wine regions and because they have a wider diversity of soil types, their wines stand apart from their transalpine cousins for their remarkable freshness, rich fruit character, and signature minerality (some would call it salinity).
In 2013, the Franciacorta consortium asked me to become its official trade ambassador and blogger for the U.S. market. For the last twelve months, I have blogged regularly about Franciacorta at franciacortatherealstory.com and I have led tastings and seminars featuring Franciacorta wines across the U.S.
W & M: How does Franciacorta differ from Prosecco, Cava, Sekt, or Champagne, other sparklings as well. What does the DOCG label on bottles of Franciacorta mean to a consumer?
Jeremy: Big question! Prosecco and Sekt are Charmat-method wines. Cava is a classic-method wine. Champagne is also a classic-method wine, as is Franciacorta. The major difference between all of these wines is the place where they are raised and the people who make them. Franciacorta stands apart in the panorama of fine sparkling wine in the world today thanks to the alpine (as opposed to mediterranean or continental) climate where the grapes are grown; the morainic subsoils of the Franciacorta amphitheater; and the fresh, lower-atmosphere style favored by Franciacorta producers.
In all honesty, the DOCG doesn’t really mean much in terms of quality or lack thereof. Most people would be surprised to learn that it’s really just a bureaucratic convention. All Franciacorta wines are DOCG.
W & M: What is Strada del Franciacorta?
Jeremy: It’s a wine tourism itinerary akin to the wine routes of Burgundy or California.
Wine and Meaning also found more reference information on Franciacorta.net. It’s worth the trip!
Jeremy believes that Franciacorta Satèn (a category of Franciacorta, made only with white grapes, mostly Chardonnay) and the increasing number of zero-dosage wines that are coming from Franciacorta these days make it one of the sexiest sparkling wine appellations in the world today.
Thanks again to Jeremy Parzen for contributing to Wine and Meaning! He can be reached by any of the following: