Wine in the VI
Wow, that name says a lot, but what exactly does it mean? Let’s break this down so that it is easier to understand.
• Michele Chiarlo is the name of the winery
• Moscato (Bianca) is the name of the grape
• d’Asti means from the village of Asti
• Nivole is the proprietorial name of the wine
Or we could just say a lightly effervescent wine made from Moscato grapes in the region of Piedmont, Italy. Why, however, when we can just say Nivole, which means clouds and sounds much more romantic.
The Piedmont region of northern Italy is famous for its brick red wines, the beautiful Barolo and Barbaresco wines made from the Nebbiolo grape- however don’t be afraid to try their lovely white wines like Gavi as they are very refreshing and perfect for our tropical climate. The Chiarlo family has been farming and producing wines for 5 generations.
Moscato is one of the oldest grapes to have been documented throughout history, while the Romans were out conquering the world they were also planting these grapes along the way. Muscato is found in new and old world wine regions and is one of very few varietals that are able to produce wines and also be a table grape.
A simple and elegant pairing for the Nivole wine is to slice and freeze fresh mangos, of which there will be plenty soon enough. Plate the mangos and drizzle the plate with Nivole, be sure to leave enough for a glass for yourself. Don’t hesitate to try it with foie gras or spicy Asian influenced foods.