Wine of the Week: Bervini 1955 Rose Extra Dry 2017 - $18.99
Dwight Casimere | 1/10/2018, 9:05 a.m.
Bervini 1955 Rose Extra Dry 2017 ($18.99) is one of the best tasting and
most complex and elegant sparkling Rose wines you could imaging. At just
under $20, it delivers a taste and level of complexity of sparkling wines
you would associate with a much higher price. Flavors of crushed, ripe
strawberries, tangy lemon and crisp green apple are the first things to
greet the taste buds after eyeing its appealing tea-rose pink color.
The wine is the pride and joy of the Bergamo family, who have created some
lovely sparkling wines in the heart of Prosecco country in the northern
most part of northeastern Italy's Friuli-Venezia Giulia. The wine is made
from a blend of Glera grapes, the traditional varietal used in Prosecco (it
was once called the Prosecco grape, but Glera is the original name), in
combination with Roboso, a local red grape that gives this sparkler its
The wine is Extra Dry, which means it has a touch of sweetness. But don't let that fool you. This wine has plenty of acidity to balance out any residual sugar, so the effect is nearly bone dry, with just a hint of fruit flavor to bring out the complexity. This is a sparkling wine made for serving with elegant, light dishes such as lobster or scallops. Think a luxurious lunchtime spread of lobster rolls made with homemade mayo or aioli on a homemade split brioche roll, or scallops bathed in truffle butter or seared lightly with a touch of the sparkling wine for just a minute or two, or a lump meat crab salad with watercress and little
slices of blood orange or sliced pears. Soft ripe cheeses and fruit and a
handful of cashews or Brazil nuts are a perfect way to while away an
afternoon. At under $20 a bottle, its not hard to experiment. The
pairings are endless!