The Wine: Le Boccette Pet Nat 2020
Quarticello Le Boccette Pet Nat is a sparkling natural wine made from Spergola grapes farmed sustainably in Emilia-Romagna, Italy. Spontaneous fermentation with native yeasts, bottled unfiltered, minimal added sulfites. Excellent sparkler, fruity, light and pleasantly fizzy.
The Producer: Quarticello Azienda Agricola
The Quarticello farm is located in Montecchio Emilia near the river Enza at the foot of the Emilian-Tuscany Apennines, Central Italy. Quarticello focuses on Emilia-Romagna native grape varietals such as Lambrusco and Malvasia di Candia. The winemaking approach is low-intervention; minimal use of sulfites, indigenous yeast, extended maceration on the skins, and no filtration.
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.