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Region: Penedes < Spain
Grapes: Trebbiano Modenese, Sauvignon Blanc
Vineyard/Cellar Stats: Organic farming, sandy soils, 50 year-old vines, no added SO2; 300 cases
Winemaker: Toni Carbó
We love the proliferation of interesting Italian ‘col fondo’ (‘with sediment’) bubbles, like this peppy little Bi-Fri (short for ‘bianco frizzante’) from Emilia-Romagna. Brother-in-law winemakers Gian Paolo and Marcello, who started the tiny Podere il Salcito estate in the classic Lambrusco area, near Modena, focus on unique local varietals like the Trebbiano Modenese here. This lightly fizzy wine is versatile enough to stand in for Prosecco, which is most often industrially-produced, as your go-to bubbles. Made in the ancestral method (Pet’Nat style), with one fermentation in the bottle that is halted by the seal of a crown cap, keeping the sediment – and energy – in the bottle. This one is what I call ‘delicious water’ – light, crisp, dry and a touch lemony, like mineral water – and it goes down way too easily, with practically anything.