Franciacorta grows in Texas

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Above: The classic Neapolitan-style seafood salad at Giancarlo Ferrara’s Amalfi in Houston. Can you think of better pairing than Franciacorta?

I was actually visiting Amalfi Ristorante Italiano in Houston with some Piedmontese winemakers last week when I noticed the restaurant had wines from four Franciacorta consortium producers on its list. And not only were two of those wines served by-the-glass, the venue was also going to be hosting a wine dinner with a Franciacorta consortium producer’s wines the following week.

Over the arc of time that I’ve lived in Texas, I’ve witnessed a Franciacorta boom in the “oil and gas” market as it’s called here in Houston.

Tony’s, one of Houston’s legacy restaurants, serves Franciacorta by the glass.

Dolce Vita, where the wine director runs the most ambitious all-Italian program in Houston, serves Franciacorta by-the-glass.

On my last visit to Spec’s in Houston, a behemoth among Texas wine retailers, there were seven Franciacorta labels on the shelves.

And Osteria al Fico, a new Italian concept set to open shortly in Austin, is also planning on carrying a selection of Franciacorta.

When I first moved to Texas in 2008, there wasn’t a Franciacorta in sight!

When in Houston, check out Amalfi. Great restaurant and I highly recommend it.

Amalfi Ristorante Italiano & Bar
6100 Westheimer Rd #140
Houston, TX 77057
(713) 532-2201

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