Feb 172012
 

Franciacorta in a glassWhether you believe there are 49 million bubbles per bottle of sparkling wine or 250 million (per two separate scientific studies), certain facts remain:

  1. You likely wouldn’t have much fun sitting next to either scientist at a dinner party
  2. Those scientists probably can’t stand the sight of a bottle of bubbly any more
  3. That is a LOT of bubbles.

So how many bubbles does that make it for the 10,377,195 bottles of Franciacorta sold in 2010? Who cares! It’s bubbles and it’s fun.

But it is also serious business. Those sales of Italy’s premium sparkling wine, Franciacorta, are an increase of 10% over the previous year.  And the beginning of 2011 showed even better numbers: a growth of 17% over 2010. Looks like we are all looking for a wee bit more sparkle in our lives these days.

DOCG Franciacorta lies in Italy’s Lombardy region to the east of Milan.  The region has made still wines for centuries until they realized that their goosebumps, caused by the cooler climate, was an indicator of a grand sparkling wine region.

Even before their DOCG status (Italy’s highest), sparkling wine producers from Franciacorta put rigorous self-imposed regulations on themselves in order to produce quality wines from the region. This is one tough group. Until you meet them, that is. Then you will be warmed by the smiles, the Italian hospitality and that flute filled with some of the world’s best sparkling wine.

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