Gancia Moscato d'Asti Secco
The Gancia Castle at Canelli
Eduardo Villarino Gancia-Owner of Gancia Castle
Dramatic views of the Langhe
Lunch on the Terrace of the Castle Garden overlooking Canelli with White Truffles and 20 egg yolk pasta
Julia Coney Walters - www.JuliaConey.com and Melissa Ritcher - Look East/ Lifestyle Asia (from Thailand)
by Dwight Casimere
Carlo Gancia is known as the father of Italian sparkling wine. Before he founded the winery 150 years ago, he had spent a few years studying Champagne making methods in Reims France. When he returned to Italy, hey applied the principles he learned to the Moscato grape, native to his area, and he created a new type of sparkling wine which he called Spumante Italiano. The rest, as the cliche goes, is history. Gancia is now the world leader in Italian sparkling wine, producing an array of wines using the rules of the first Italian Classic Method, which was authored by Carlo Gancia. The newest to arrive in the U.S. is Gancia Moscato Secco. White peaches, apricots and orange blossoms are the flavors that immediately greet you with the delicate aroma white jasmine flowers that give it a springlike perfume. It has the delicate bubbles and soft mouthfeel that you would associate with a classic Spumante, with one distinct difference, this sparkler is bone dry. This makes it perfect to carry over from an aperitif with a variety of cheeses, smoked fish and shellfish and an abundance of smoked and cured meats, right through a lavish meal. It was truffle season when I was in Piemonte in early December and the local white truffles were shaved with abandoned on homemade pasta drenched in mountain butter. The main course of local veal in a truffle sauce made for a yummy combination. Save room for dessert and have another bottle of Gancia Moscato d'Asti Secco at the ready for a stupendous finish.