I just spent the last hour poring over (excuse the pun) wine lists at some of the best restaurants in the U.S. — at least those available online.
My aim was to find the list with the most lots of Franciacorta.
I’m sorry to report that the results weren’t exactly thrilling.
My survey was by no means exhaustive and it will continue for sure.
But as of this posting, Babbo in New York City, Mario Batali and Joe Bastianch’s original outpost, took the prize with nine lots of Franciacorta.
I didn’t count Lidia Bastianich’s Felidia, which is also part of the Bastianich restaurant group, because it has multiple entries from the same producers.
Del Posto, another restaurant in the group, also fared well.
My data is anecdotal, of course, and by no means scientific.
But I believe it’s fair to say that Franciacorta remains a niche category in the U.S.
I have yet to come across a wine list that embraces Franciacorta with gusto. I had high hopes for Marta in NYC, where the program features reasonably priced sparkling wine. But there were just two lots by the same producer.
For now, Babbo, you win… and that’s not a bad thing, after all.