Tenute Del Garda N.V. SottoSopra Spumante, Garda Italy
Now before you go thinking you are through the looking glass, I assure you that your eyes are not playing tricks and there was no disaster during the labeling for this Italian sparkler, it was by design. Sotto-Sopra translates into upside-down, a suggestion as to how to store this uber-natural sparkler before opening it to serve. Made from Gropello grapes grown near Lake Garda, the secondary fermentation takes place and is left inside the bottle rather than being disgorged like nearly every other sparkling wine on the planet. They recommend two ways of opening, one the storing upside down to gather all the sediment before popping the crown cap and quickly removing the rubber plug while holding the bottle upside down allowing the gathered plug to be expelled. One could do that but we suggest storing it upright and giving the wine a slow shake in circles to mix the yeast and particulates back into the fizzy wine. Cloudy, no sulfur, tangy lemon rind on the nose with peaches and basil all over the finish. Cool little natural wine that begs for veggies and cured meat plates.