Forget Champagne


How to ring in the New Year the Italian way; here are some sparkling Italian wines to choose from: 
Brachetto d'Acqui - From the Piemonte region, it is one of my favourites. Highly aromatic, sparkling, and light rose in colour.  The taste is sweet with floral and fruity notes. 
Franciacorta - It is the Italians' version of Champagne.   A dry sparkling white wine tasting like a Champagne with distinguishing notes of brioche, biscuits and lemon. 
Lambrusco - This is sparkling red wine that it typically sweet. It tastes of red and dark berries. 
Asti - Used to be called Spumante but the name has been removed from wine labels. This is a sweet white sparkling wine and low alcohol.   This was always served on New Years Eve growing up. 
Prosecco - This is from the Veneto region of Italy. It tends to be lighter, crisp and dry with notes of green apple and citrus.