I originally wrote about this wine for a Valentine’s Day theme column. Read about the history of this romantic holiday.
In my opinion, Banfi Rosa Regale is the quintessential romantic wine and chicks seriously dig it — a sweet, rich dessert sparkler from the Piedmont region of Italy. It’s an absolutely perfect sparkling wine for a wedding, served with a decadent wedding cake, or to accompany berry-laden tarts… even ice cream sprinkled with raspberries.
Banfi produce the bubbles using the same Charmat method as Prosecco, Italy’s other great bubbly, and the Brachetto grape. The wine has loads of history at Italian court. Fragrant with flowers and red berries, Rosa Regale is soft on the tongue, tasting of ripe strawberries and raspberries. It sports a sexy finish that seemingly lasts forever. And it’s sweet… not cloyingly sweet since it boasts some acidity to balance all that sugar. Also refreshingly low in alcohol at only 7 percent.
Sweetness: 6 out of 10
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Price: $20 – $22
Occasion: Sample sent from the winery
Availability: Box box retailers, high end grocery stores. Find where to buy Rosa Regale.
Food pairing: Vanilla ice cream and fresh raspberries, raspberry tarts or desserts like this recipe for Dark Chocolate Walnut Brownies