When I think of bubbly wines I think of northern climates — Champagne, the Veneto — so the last place I expect to find a terrific sparkling rosé is Sicily. And yet, Jeremy Parzen — the creative wine curator at our favorite local Italian restaurant, Sotto — has found one that dazzles with flavor and delights with its unexpected provenance. Murgo Brut Rosé is the name, but alas, I cannot say where you might be able to find this lovely, lively, refreshing, complex, crisp rosé except on Pico Boulevard in Los Angeles, at our beloved Sotto. I can tell you that it is 100% Nerello Mascalese, and I will say, if you happen to find yourself on the westside of Los Angeles it’s worth a trip just to say you had bubbly from Sicily! The balance is spectacular — not to sweet or too dry, with plenty of effervescence and that hint of something wonderful yet substantive that distinguishes a fine rosé brut from the colorless ones. GREAT, of course, with oysters and lighter antipasti like panelle (Sicilian chickpea fritters), but I would imagine — we didn’t try this pairing — perfectly wonderful with many seafood and light primi courses. Who knew?!? A terrific bubbly that you’d NEVER guess was from anywhere as far south as the slopes of Mount Etna in Sicily!
I’m so glad that you’ve enjoyed that wine as much as I have. Thanks for the kind shout out. And looking forward to tasting with yall in the fall when I make it back to LA. Abbraccio j
Wow! I just found your website and additionally, just saw your recommendation for the Murgo Winery Rose. We live about 5 mintutes from the Winery and will be stopping by to enjoy the tasting very soon! Thanks for the heads up!!