It was really impressive to visit Eataly in New York this week and find six Franciacorta producers, with multiple skus each, for sale at the behemoth Italian gourmet food market’s wine shop.
Co-owner Joe Bastianich has done so much to help raise awareness of Italian wines in the U.S. since he joined his family’s restaurant group back in the 1990s.
Since then, his ground-breaking all-Italian wine list at Babbo in lower Manhattan (which debuted in 1998) and his books on Italian wine (including Vino Italiano: the Regional Wines of Italy, originally published in 2002 and reprinted numerous times) have all been milestones in the Italian wine renaissance that began to take shape in the late 1990s.
And so it came as no surprise that his shop didn’t have just one or two Franciacorta lables but no fewer than six — a selection representing the most iconic producers in the appellation.
The other good news is that the Eataly NYC wine shop is expanding: The wine buyer there told me that the new upstairs space should be open in a few months.
It’s a great platform and resource for Franciacorta and Italian wine in general and it’s great to see that it’s growing.
Be sure to check it out when in the city.