By Kori ~ May 29th, 2013.
Would you like a quick suggestion for a good wine to drink tonight (or this weekend) that wonâ€™t break your budget and is widely available? If so, you might want to check out the 2011 Banfi Rosa Regale Brachetto dâ€™Acqui from the Piedmont region of Italy.
Our selection criteria include:
- A very good Quality rating of >=3.5 stars (out of 5)
- A price tag of <=$20
- Must be widely available
In 1979, John and Harry Mariani, owners of Banfi Vintners, acquired a mid-18th century winery, known as Bruzzone, revitalized it, and renamed the facility Vigne Regali. Banfi’s Rosa Regale is created in one of Italyâ€™s smallest production zones, the Brachetto dâ€™Acqui DOCG in Piedmont. Produced with Brachetto grapes grown at the La Rosa Vineyard in the town of Acqui Terme, its label features a single red rose.
For those of you who are predominantly white wine drinkers and/or prefer sweet wines, this is certainly a wine you should try. It is a good before or after dinner drink and also pairs well with seafood, cheese, and chocolate.
â€œAromatic with hints of raspberries, strawberries and rose petals. Fresh raspberries, with crisp acidity, enticing the palate with an initial softness, graduating to a clean and dry finish.â€ â€“Banfi
2011 Banfi Rosa Regale Brachetto dâ€™Acqui (Piedmont, Italy): 100% Brachetto. Sweet red sparkling wine. Small, fairly fast bead of bubbles. Medium to deep ruby red. Aromatic with bright red fruit and cherry Jolly Rancher on the nose. More cherry as well as raspberry and strawberry come through on the palate. Sweet but not sickeningly sweet. Medium to full-bodied with lively acidity and a long finish.
Quality: 3.5 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 5 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to buy: Received as sample, suggested retail $18; Available elsewhere, $15 to $25
Filed under: A Wine for Tonight, Dessert Wine, Five-Bangs For Your Buck Wines, Italian Wine, Lesser Known Varietals, Red Wine, Sparkling Wine, Wines Under $20, Wines Under $25