No, not a chocolate-flavored wine, but a great wine to pair with chocolate, especially cake and cookies and other confections. ā€˜Smores, perhaps? No need for stuffy gourmandise when the wine is as fun as a Brachetto dā€™Acqui.
If youā€™ve only seen one Brachetto dā€™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. Itā€™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
Valentineā€™s dinner ā€“ itā€™s bright red color suggests romance, as do
the bubbles of its light mousse. Itā€™s also low in alcohol ā€“ Rosa
Regale chimes in at 7 %, which is actually a tad high for Brachetto.
That means it wonā€™t knock you out of contention for any post-dinner
And oh yes ā€“ any leftover Brachetto will do just nicely with breakfast the next morning.
Iā€™ll have more recommendations for Brachetto and
other frothy sweet Italian reds throughout the week, and in this
Wednesdayā€™s column in The Washington Post.