Drinks of the Month
Le Chiassaie 2013 vino spumante
You have to feel sympathy for Italian sparkling wine producers who don’t happen to make prosecco (except possibly those from Franciacorta who manage to charge much the same as champagne).
It must be hard trying to get the average punter to try something from another region. But here is one from Tuscany - and biodynamic and organic to boot - from the charming family-owned Fattoria La Vialla.
I visited them 8 or so years ago (you see the article I wrote here) and they never fail to keep in touch sending samples of new additions to their range they’re excited about (most recently this wine and some gorgeous grassy olive oil*). Fine for you, you might say, you’re a journalist but you get the impression from their delightful hand-written brochures they try to give all their customers the same level of individual attention. They sell direct so they need to but you feel they want to too.
This is a really quite unusual wine - a blend of pinot nero (pinot noir), chardonnay and verdicchio - not funky I hasn’t to assure those who are unconvinced by organic - but quite full, rich and savoury - unusually for a sparkling wine it’s 13%. It was fantastic with a fennel salami that came in the same parcel - something you wouldn’t expect of prosecco (parma ham is a better pairing). I reckon it would be good with many pasta dishes too.
You can order it by the 6 bottle case* direct from the estate for £56.70 or £9.45 a bottle which isn’t quite in prosecco territory price-wise but it's a great deal nicer than most sub £10 prosecco. It’s a wine I’d happily serve at a party or a summer wedding.
* which has unfortunately already nearly sold out.
PS The only slightly irritating thing is that you have to order a catalogue before you can place an order which is a bit of a faff. But be patient. It’s worth it.
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