2017-12-04

Sparkling Wines of Ethica

If there is any time of year to open sparkling wine, it is December! Ethica Wines boasts some of the best expressions of sparkling wine hailing from a variety of regions all over Italy.  In honor of the holiday season, Ethica Wines has asked some of these Italian wineries how they celebrate the holidays. (The answer: With some bubbly, of course).

 

Interview with Oro Rosso
Sparkling Wines Produced: Oro Rosso Dosage Zero, Oro Rosso Brut Rosé 

What makes the sparkling wines in the Oro Rosso portfolio special to enjoy around the holidays?

The Oro Rosso Dosage Zero and Oro Rosso Brut Rosé are special because they come from a region where many choose to spend their holidays to relax and spend time in nature. Trentino, and Spumante Trento DOC, is deeply rooted in nature, where the mountain plays a crucial role in defining the wine’s character. These wines come from relatively high altitude, a fundamental factor that makes Spumante unique. The vines to produce the Spumante are elevated to a maximum of 800 meters above sea level, which makes the grapes healthier. The climate in Trentino is extremely variable with strong thermic excursions, which significantly reflects on the traits of the sparkling wine, creating a unique and intriguing product.

What is the best holiday pairing with these wines?

We believe you can enjoy the pleasures of Oro Rosso throughout the entire year. Sparkling wines are not only for toasts and celebrations.  The best pairing for Oro Rosso Dosage Zero and Oro Rosso Brut Rosé is the heterogeneous Italian cuisine.

What are the holiday traditions of Trentino?

Trentino is well known for the winter holidays! During Christmas and the New Year festivities many families throughout Italy and around the world come to visit the beautiful mountains and ski resorts of Dolomiti. Our family enjoys going to the traditional Christmas markets where you can buy all sorts of traditional food, and participate in traditional customs. Around the holidays in Trentino, we use Spumante quite a bit to celebrate!

Why is sparkling wine the quintessential wine for toasting and celebrating?

No birthday party is complete without a toast, and there is no New Year’s Eve without sparkling wine. Spumante is a leader when it comes to celebrating. Throughout decades sparkling wine has been a symbol for celebration and special occasions. Its delightful freshness is accessible and adapts to many situations.

 

Interview with Villa Sparina
Sparkling Wine Produced: Villa Sparina Brut

What makes the sparkling wine in the Villa Sparina portfolio special to enjoy around the holidays?

The elegant bottle shape of the Villa Sparina Brut showcases the product as unique, recognizable, and perfect for the holidays. We believe our customers understand at a first glance that this wine is detail oriented, not only from the bottle, but also from its delicate flavors.

What is the best holiday pairing with this wine?

The best holiday pairing for sparkling wine is cotechino with lentils. Cotechino is a classic New Year’s specialty. It goes perfectly with the Villa Sparina Brut, which delights the palate with its freshness and elegant bubbles.

Does Villa Sparina have any special holiday traditions?

For us, Christmas means family and all the values that go along with them. During Christmas Eve, our family reunites around a table filled with traditional food. We continue celebrating until Santo Stefano (December 26). Throughout these days, we believe our “Villa Sparina” wines mix perfectly with the endless delicacies that Christmas offers. The issue? Looking at the scale on December 27.

Why is sparkling wine the quintessential wine for toasting and celebrating?

Sparkling wine is the ultimate expression of celebration! To share a sparkling toast, is to share a smile.

 

Interview with Villa di Corlo
Sparkling Wine Produced: Villa di Corlo Lambrusco

What makes the sparkling wine in the Villa di Corlo portfolio special to enjoy around the holidays?

Lambrusco is a joyful wine with low alcohol per volume. It can be drunk in higher quantities, and is the perfect drink for delightful evenings with friends and family, especially during the holidays.

What is the best holiday pairing with this wine?

Traditional Emilian cuisine, like tortellini, lasagna, fried gnocco, and tigelle, pairs perfectly with Lambrusco. Our Lambrusco Grapparossa also goes very well with food outside of Emilia-Romagna such as white meats like roasted turkey or tagliatelle with ragu.

Does Villa di Corlo have any special holiday traditions?

In our family, and in Modenese customs, we eat tortellini in broth for the Christmas holidays. We usually pair this dish with a good Lambrusco di Sorbara, like Primevo Villa di Corlo, which goes also pairs perfectly with traditional holiday dishes like Zampone and Cotechino.

Why is sparkling wine the quintessential wine for toasting and celebrating?

Sparkling wine has always been affiliated with joyful moments. Historically, people drank champagne during important celebrations. Same goes for Lambrusco, with both Sorbara and Grasparossa constantly present at our family’s table for centuries. In fact, before the invention of the autoclave, Lambrusco was bottled using the ‘traditional method,’ so we can consider it a ‘red champagne.’

 

Interview with Le Contesse
Sparkling Wine Produced: Le Contesse Prosecco DOC Brut

What makes the sparkling wine in the Le Contesse portfolio special to enjoy around the holidays?

Prosecco can be consumed anytime and for any kind of occasion. No occasion is better than any other. We like drinking prosecco throughout the summer, while relaxing on the side of a pool during aperitif time. It is always great to enjoy the freshness of the sparkles during a sunny day.

What is the best holiday pairing with this wine?

Prosecco is the perfect aperitif for Christmas lunch and to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Plus, if you’re drinking Le Contesse, you can drink quite a bit as it’s so refreshing.

Does Le Contesse have any special holiday traditions?

We love going either to the lake or in the countryside. We celebrate the holiday with the family, eating good food, enjoying great wine, and spending quality time together.

Why is sparkling wine the quintessential wine for toasting and celebrating?

Sparkles are the symbol of festivities and party time when it comes to drinks. Because of this, sparkling wine is a perfect companion for celebrating special occasions.

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Until next time,
The Ethica Wines team

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