WINE SERVICE

Advice for the tasting of the wine

 

A few brief suggestions for tasting the wine and for conserving it as well as possible.

Conservation

The best way to conserve a Franciacorta is to place the bottle horizontally in a dark space far from any source of heat, noise, or vibrations and with a maximum temperature of 59° Fahrenheit (15° centigrade). Avoid keeping the bottle in a refrigerator, place it there a maximum of two or three days before opening and serving it.

Serving Temperature

The ideal serving temperature is between 46° and 52° Fahrenheit (8<à-11° centigrade), and it is an excellent idea to chill the bottle in an ice bucket before opening and serving it.

Opening the Bottle

Open the wire cage which holds the corkin place in the space indicated by a line without necessarily removing it completely from the bottle and, holding the cork with one’s thumb, rotate it slightly to check whether it is stuck in the neck, something which can happen with a lengthy stay in the cellar. Then hold the bottle firmly with one hand at an angle of inclination between 30° and 45° to facilitate the uncorking and prevent the exit of foam, avoiding the pointing of the bottle towards the persons present. At that point, rotate progressively the bottle clockwise from its base to avoid a noisy popping sound. In this way, the wine will suffer no shock.

The Proper Glass

Even today it is possible to hear an order for a “cup of Champagne”. Although effectively this type of goblet is no longer considered ideal for this wine, up until the early 19th century it was the glass par excellence for sweet sparkling wines. Over the last two centuries, the ample goblet was gradually replaced by the narrow flute. In the last few years, instead, ample the glass has become considered the most suitable, the one where a Franciacorta can best expresses itself even if there is some dispersion of the bubbles.

WINE SERVICE

Advice for the tasting of the wine

 

A few brief suggestions for tasting the wine and for conserving it as well as possible.

Conservation

The best way to conserve a Franciacorta is to place the bottle horizontally in a dark space far from any source of heat, noise, or vibrations and with a maximum temperature of 59° Fahrenheit (15° centigrade). Avoid keeping the bottle in a refrigerator, place it there a maximum of two or three days before opening and serving it.

Serving Temperature

The ideal serving temperature is between 46° and 52° Fahrenheit (8<à-11° centigrade), and it is an excellent idea to chill the bottle in an ice bucket before opening and serving it.

Opening the Bottle

Open the wire cage which holds the corkin place in the space indicated by a line without necessarily removing it completely from the bottle and, holding the cork with one’s thumb, rotate it slightly to check whether it is stuck in the neck, something which can happen with a lengthy stay in the cellar. Then hold the bottle firmly with one hand at an angle of inclination between 30° and 45° to facilitate the uncorking and prevent the exit of foam, avoiding the pointing of the bottle towards the persons present. At that point, rotate progressively the bottle clockwise from its base to avoid a noisy popping sound. In this way, the wine will suffer no shock.

The Proper Glass

Even today it is possible to hear an order for a “cup of Champagne”. Although effectively this type of goblet is no longer considered ideal for this wine, up until the early 19th century it was the glass par excellence for sweet sparkling wines. Over the last two centuries, the ample goblet was gradually replaced by the narrow flute. In the last few years, instead, ample the glass has become considered the most suitable, the one where a Franciacorta can best expresses itself even if there is some dispersion of the bubbles.

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