When buying in the bubbly for Christmas, consider wowing your guests with a bottle of sophisticated Chiaretto Spumante.
I can recommend the sparkling version of the very quaffable Bardolino Chiaretto Classico, which is made in the area around Lake Garda, not far from Bergamo.
You can bring some home if you are visiting Bergamo before Christmas, or order some online. The Villabella Chiaretto di Bardolino pictured here is available in the UK from slurp.co.uk.
Its delicate coral pink tone makes Chiaretto Spumante a perfect festive tipple. It has all the fruitiness of a classic Bardolino, with a hint of raspberries and blackberries, combined with a subtle spice all of its own.
Chiaretto Spumante is made from Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara grapes, which have been grown in the ideal climate of the shores of Lake Garda, about an hour away from Bergamo .
Bardolino wine producers are noticing an increase in popularity for their Chiaretto labels. They export 70 per cent of all the wine they produce, the main buyers being Germany, France, the UK, Canada, Belgium, Denmark, the US and Japan.
Try Chiaretto Spumante as a classy alternative to Buck’s Fizz or Cranberry Fizz on Christmas Day.
For more information about Bardolino wines visit www.ilbardolino.com.