APRIL SAUVAGE–CELLARIO IL BAFFONE FRIZZANTE 2018

Copy: (100-150 word count) It’s no secret that Poderi Cellario is among our favorite Italian producers around here. Since their wines first hit our shelves a year ago, we’ve fallen in love with them. Natural Piedmontese wines, often bottled in liters that scratch the itch for delicious Italian glou-glou? Sign us up. I was particularly excited to hear that they were making a new Pét Nat–who isn’t these days?–because I knew they’d nail it. Turns out, they sure did. They’re working with an essentially unknown local grape, Nascetta that Fausto & Cinza Cellario find to be particularly well-suited to skin contact. As such, they allow it that luxury for 5 days and to that add Moscatello Giano. No sulphur is used at all during the process.

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The resulting wine is charmingly murky, not to mention pleasingly floral, coming both from skin-contact and the natural characteristics of the Moscatello. Like all Cellario wines it is simple yet impossible to put down. I simply haven’t had a more fun-to-drink bubbly in recent memory. Pair this one up simply with some fresh bread and sheep’s milk cheese of any age. You won’t regret it.