Ah, Valentine’s Day. The one day a year when we are basically required to celebrate the loves of our lives through a series of fanfare… flowers, jewelry, dinner, Champagne… But while this one day a year might have been created, mostly, by the greeting card companies of the world, we are all for celebrating.
This year, however, we won’t be celebrating with Champagne, or Prosecco, or Cremant… instead we will be celebrating with Roero Arneis Spumante DOCG.
Uniquely from Roero, this wine can be made in a spectrum of sweetness levels, but it must be made from a minimum of 95% Arneis and a minimum of 11.5% alcohol.
While there isn’t a tremendous amount of sparkling Arneis coming from the region, there are some notable examples from Deltetto, Demarie, and Negro as well as some others. The wines are often made in the traditional method which allows them to express some of the traditional, yeasty character expected in quality sparkling wines, but they still maintain the character of Arneis.
Unfamiliar with Arneis? In this grape you’ll find a distinct minerality, green apple, citrus, and white flowers, stone fruits, and the best, aged examples will start to exhibit a nutty character.
So why not try something different this Valentine’s Day and impress you sweetheart with some newly learned wine knowledge? You won’t be disappointed.