Brachetto d’Acqui DOCG is a red Italian wine that is classified as its Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita since 1996.
Legend says that at the time of the Roman Empire, first Julius Caesar and then Marcus Anthony arrived in Egypt at the court of the beautiful Cleopatra with a bottle of “Vinum Acquense”, much appreciated by the Queen to awaken the ardour of her legendary lovers. The “Vinum Acquense” was sweet by nature, lively and intoxicating; it came from today’s Alto Monferrato. And above all, it was believed to have aphrodisiac power.
In the modern age, in 1817, the naturalist Gallesio defined it as a “famous wine”, classifying it as a dessert wine that was alcoholic and not very colourful.
Brachetto, sweet or sparkling, was known and successfully marketed in the markets of South America. But it was in the 1950s, from the hills of southern Piedmont where production continued in small niches of admirers, that a respectful but far-sighted producer such as Arturo Bersano of Nizza Monferrato, developed a Brachetto Spumante elaborated in autoclave with the Martinotti / Charmat method.
Since then, Brachetto has continued its path as a protagonist among the great aromatic wines, among which it stands out for its particularities and appreciation of the most refined connoisseurs.
When was the last time you had dinner in an Italian restaurant in Canada and you thought you were dining in Italy? That’s exactly how “Ospitalità Italiana Certified”restaurants want you to feel when you visit their fine dining establishments.
Ospitalità Italiana is an official certification from Unioncamere, Italy’s federation of local Chambers of Commerce and Industry, that tells you that the food you are enjoying is unquestionably Italian: products are authentic, ingredients genuine and recipes true to the thousand year history of Italian cuisine.
Canada is home to some leading Italian Chefs. Passionate and innovative, many have refined their skills and advanced their knowledge directly in Italy. In addition, Montréal boasts a fabulous cooking school ITHQ where young aspiring chefs learn Italian technic and Italian traditional recipes from the masters.
So the next time you make reservations for an Italian dinner in a Montreal restaurant, ask if they’ve received the Ospitalità Italiana seal of approval. You will enjoy the true Italian taste.