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Oltrepò Pavese: Cà Di Frara DOCG Metodo Classico Pinot Nero T4

The region is most known for their Sparkling Wines, made with minimum 70% Pinot Noir, then Chardonnay and then grey pinot (pinot gris) up to 30% max. These wines are made in the metodo classico and are DOCG wines. We saw production of many of these wines when I visited and they were very good quality, tight bubbles, cream, strawberry, really delightful.

We were to taste the Cà Di Frara Oltrepò Pavese DOCG Metodo Classico Pinot Nero T4

The winemaker is Luca Bellani, fast becoming a cult winemaker. When we visited his winery, there was a huge boulder of chalk, giving clues to what lies under the service of the soil in that region.

It is 75% Pinot Noir, considered brut natural meaning “no added sugar”. There was a light effervescence to the sparkler along with a big round, full bodied taste. I got toast and a definitive green apple. We paired it with the risotto, one of their most famous dishes. It was delightful on it’s own as an appertif and paired with several of the dishes.

About Author

After graduating from Brandeis University, Alison worked as a teacher at two op high schools in the country and spent her summers traveling the world. On one of her adventures, she visited Stellenbosch and Paarl in South Africa, which ignited a lifelong passion for learning about wine. In 2004, she worked as a Wine Consultant for the Traveling Vineyard and began to study wine more intensively. While working as a high tech recruiter, she completed her Advanced Certification from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust in the UK in 2018. Her wine travels have taken her to the wine growing regions of the US, Europe, Africa and Australia. Alison is a member of the Boston Sommelier Society, a member of the Guild of Master Sommeliers and is a Wine, Travel and Lifestyle Media Influencer. She recently created and released her successful wine tasting card game VINO!. Currently, Alison is running her business, Artisan Wine Group, offering private and corporate wine events and sharing VINO! across the globe.

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