Is Franciacorta the new Super Tuscan? (And Santa Barbara TASTING FEB. 22)

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Earlier this week, I posted about how popular Franciacorta is becoming across Italy.

I had been impressed by a meaty flight of roughly 10 Franciacorta wines on a list at a restaurant in Montalcino, Tuscany, where Sangiovese is a prince and Brunello di Montalcino its king.

Franciacorta’s growing popularity popped up again a few days later when I visited SignorVino in Verona. SignorVino is a wine bar/wine shop/restaurant concept with locations in urban centers throughout northern and central Italy.

You can imagine my delight when I entered only to be greeted by “stacked” (as we say in the business in the U.S.) Franciacorta displays like the one above. It was one of two.

In another era, when you walked into a commercial wine shop like this, geared to both Italians and foreign tourists, Super Tuscans were always the wines you saw stacked at the entrance.

Now it’s Franciacorta. Pretty impressive, right?

I visited SignorVino twice while I was in Verona for the Amarone 2012 debut event. The first night I was there, the place was packed with American students, many of whom where drinking Franciacorta.

Is Franciacorta the new Super Tuscan? I sure hope so!

In other news…

The next Franciacorta Real Story tasting is now scheduled for Monday, February 22 at Les Marchands wine bar and merchant in Santa Barbara.

We still haven’t nailed down the final details but the tasting will be free and it will take place in the early evening (as usual).

The folks at Les Marchands have been so sweet and they are as pumped for the event as I am.

Stay tuned… I’ll post the particulars early in the week! I hope to see you there.

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