Emilia Romagna Find: Sparkling Orange Malvasia
A Lesser Known Wine
Terzo Vino Bar in Minneapolis is one of our favorite hangouts. They have a great Italian wine list with lots of interesting wines by the glass. Back in December I was thinking about Emilia Romagna, our upcoming region in our virtual tour of Italy. I was looking over the by-the-glass choices, sparkling Malvasia? Have you had a Malvasia? Let alone a sparkling version? How about an orange sparkling wine?
After trying the wine at Terzo, I was curious if I could find a bottle in Minneapolis. Nope, not on any shelves. My friend, Erica, the wine buyer at Zipps loves sparkling wines. I asked her if she had any or if she knew who carried it. She went off on a little investigation, and Presto! I had two bottles. A local distributor only had a few left, and I grabbed them.
Camillo Donati Il Mio Malvasia 2010 ($22 local order from Zipp’s)
This wine is one those wines you taste and you’re intrigued. Then you dig a little to find out more about it and you’re taken by the wine and the story behind it. Take a look at the Camillo Donati website. You’ll find this is a small family winery with a fascinating approach to their wines.
Eye: Dark orange, cloudy nice sparkling bubbles on pouring. Small stream continues after.
Nose: Citrus, tangerine rind with a touch of bitterness.
Mouth: Citrus with some depth, strong fruit but dry. Nice carbonation. Very refreshing, a touch of bitter finish but not overwhelming. Note that this wine does have a bit of bitter flavor, if that’s not your thing, you may want to pass.
This wine paired nicely with a pea & shallot bruschetta. Try it with chicken, or take the Camillo Donati advice and try it with pizza. I’ll let you know after bottle #2!