No, not a chocolate-flavored wine, but a great wine to pair with chocolate, especially cake and cookies and other confections. ‚€˜Smores, perhaps? No need for stuffy gourmandise when the wine is as fun as a Brachetto d‚€™Acqui.
If you‚€™ve only seen one Brachetto d‚€™Acqui, it was probably Rosa Regale, produced and imported by Banfi.
It has the advantage of being made in relatively large quantities and
being backed by a powerful and effective marketing empire. It‚€™s also
delicious, featuring bright cherry and strawberry flavors and enticing
aromas of rose petals. It typically sells for about $18 – $20.
Brachetto has some other advantages as a dessert wine for your
Valentine‚€™s dinner ‚€“ it‚€™s bright red color suggests romance, as do
the bubbles of its light mousse. It‚€™s also low in alcohol ‚€“ Rosa
Regale chimes in at 7 %, which is actually a tad high for Brachetto.
That means it won‚€™t knock you out of contention for any post-dinner
And oh yes ‚€“ any leftover Brachetto will do just nicely with breakfast the next morning.
I‚€™ll have more recommendations for Brachetto and
other frothy sweet Italian reds throughout the week, and in this
Wednesday‚€™s column in The Washington Post.