The Wine: Bianco Pet Nat 2020
Folicello Bianco is a fresh, sweet-smelling, sapid and harmonic white natural wine characterized by a delightful floral scent - a blend of Montuni (50%), Pinot (25%), and Trebbiano (25%) grown organically. It's made with the 'Metodo Ancestrale' technique, also known as Pet Nat.
The wine is bottled with all its yeasts and undergoes a second fermentation in the bottle, developing a natural effervescence (frizzante). Yeasts eventually eat up all the sugars and then deposit at the bottom of the bottle continuing to give a typical scent to the wine. The lees - dead yeasts - that we find in a bottle Folicello Bianco is proof of the vitality of this wine. Folicello Bianco Pet Nat is excellent with appetizers, pasta, rice, white meat, and cheese.
The Producer: Folicello
Folicello is the brainchild of Antonella and Marco, who started the winery in the 80s. The estate is located in Castelfranco Emilia, near Modena, Emilia-Romagna region and it's certified organic.
The Region: Emilia-Romagna
Emilia-Romagna is a region as famous for its wines as it is for its incredibly rich culinary tradition. Who hasn't tried products such as Parmigiano Reggiano DOP, Prosciutto Crudo di Parma DOP, Culatello di Zibello DOP? Who hasn't typical dishes such as Tortellini di Modena, Lasagne alla Bolognese, or Tagliatelle? It is safe to say that Emilia-Romagna set the standards for Italian culinary excellence worldwide.
Emila-Romagna is located in the northern part of Italy and is the only Italian region with traits of coast both to the east and west. Its territory is mostly flat, dominated by Italy's longest river, Po river, and by Italy's largest flatland, called Pianura Padana, the most fertile agricultural region of the peninsula.
Emilia-Romagna borders with Lombardy (north-west), Veneto (north), Marche (south), Tuscany (south-west), and Liguria (west). Bologna is the region's capital and of the Italian cities with the highest quality of life - it is also home of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
In popular culture, Emilia-Romagna found new glory in recent years precisely thanks to its unmatched food culture. "Osteria Francescana", the brainchild of "poet chef" Massimo Bottura, was voted best restaurant in the world for 2016 by the World's 50 Best Restaurants' jury.
Moreover, Aziz Ansari's hit show "Master of None" is set in Modena, where Aziz (Dev) is an apprentice chef at a traditional Tortellini di Modena shop who's on a mission to try and eat each and every local delicacy he comes across.