Last Thursday, we had the opportunity to taste five wines from Nino Franco Spumanti srl and to meet Silvia Franco.
For years we’ve told you of our love for Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco. And, we’ve been unsuccessfully scouting sources for other wines from this vineyard.
Imagine our elation when we were invited to a tasting at Brix Wine Shop that included the opportunity to not only try more of this winery’s sparklers, but also to meet Silvia, in person, after a couple of years of internet communication about her family’s wines.
Brix Hosts Gracious and Hospitable Tastings
They provided everything from the right glassware for sniffing and sipping to an antique copper spittoon for those limiting their alcohol intake. And, this tasting attracted a charming crowd who chatted with both Silvia and among themselves. We were all assisted by a most helpful staff.
We tasted and loved each of the five wines brought in for this event:
- Nino Franco Rustico NV
- Nino Franco Faive Rose 2012
- Nino Franco Primo Franco 2012
- Nino Franco V. Della Riva San Floriano
- Nino Franco Grave di Stecca
Silva Franco Was as Gracious as Brix
The Brix invitation to meet "Prosecco’s Princess Silvia Franco" said, “If the bubbles don't win you over (which they will), Silvia's charming personality and in-depth knowledge will captivate you.” And, they were right.
She greeted guests, poured wine, talked wine, answered questions, and signed bottles upon request. Her warm personality and vivacious Italian spirit added as much sparkle to the evening as her wines. We look forward to seeing her again the next time she’s in Boston.
30 Years of Primo Franco
We had Silvia sign one of our bottles of Primo Franco, a wine named for her father. Later this month, as she and her family celebrate the 30th Vintage of Primo Franco in Valdobbiadene, we’ll open this bottle and toast them here in Boston.
Thanks to the Brix team for making this possible. We recommend that wine lovers sign up for their email announcements of tastings. They have introduced us to other favorite winemakers and wineries over the years.
Get there soon to enjoy this special and intriguing selection of Nino Franco wines. If you can’t stop by, give Brix a call and ask about putting together a few bottles or a case for delivery.
Breaking News about the Primo Franco!
"In the the world of elite bubbles Primo Franco 2013 has been recognised & awarded in the first edition of The Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships”:
- Gold Medal
- Best In Class Medal
- World Champion Medal”
Congratulation to the entire Nino Franco team and family.
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Words: Penny & Ed Cherubino
Photography: © 2014 Penny & Ed Cherubino