The Wine: Doppio Pignoletto Frizzante 2021
Tre Monti Doppio Pignoletto Frizzante is a sparkling wine made from 100% Pignoletto grapes farmed organically in Emilia-Romagna, Central Italy. Nose with wildflowers, chamomile, and aromatic herbs. Pair with Piadina con squacquerone (traditional flat unleavened bread served hot and stuffed with traditional cottage cheese), fried courgette flowers or anchovies, ravioli, and stuffed baked cannelloni.
The Producer: Tre Monti
Thea and Sergio Navacchia founded Tre Monti in the 1970s. Tre Monti is located in Imola, Emilia-Romagna, a town famous for being the headquarters of Ferrari. Both Sergio and Thea were revolutionaries in their own right. A revolution that began in the vineyard and continued in the cellar. They were among the first to experiment with non-traditional vines. They were also some of the first growers to avoid using chemicals in the vineyards. In the cellar, they adopted a low-intervention approach, making wine as naturally as possible with minimal added sulfites.
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.