I was fascinated to read about the Open Mike program, and delighted to learn that I had actually had a Brachetto d'Acqui -- and had totally forgotten it. From my Wine Diary:
In May of 1999, Janet, Kathrine and I spent a couple of weeks in Italy. We visited Genoa for a day, then drove south east to Sestri Levante along the coast before giving up and getting on Autostrada. We stayed at Grand Hotel dei Castelli [ http://www.hoteldeicastelli.com/
] - a modern castle with a great staff - lovely walks through the gardens and Sestri Levante itself. Dinner at the hotel featured a variety of Ligurina foods: vegetable antipasta, fried shrimp (Japanese style), risotto with vegetables and pasta with spinach, all suggested an excellent waiter. He recommended two wines for dinner, both winners:
1997 Andrea Chionettin Dolcetto di Dogliani San Luigi Piedmont Italy. "Not well known but very good red wine." 13.5%; 18,000 lire. Ruby red color; light hue; excellent fruit aroma and taste; very good astringency and light tannin, beautifully balanced; medium mouth feel; medium single fruit note finish. Very good with the Ligurian food. 4*.
1997 Luigi Coppo Canelli Brachetto d'Acqui Piedmont Italy. "This wine is made in a very different way. You can drink it at any part of the meal, but it will go beautifully with our handmade chocolates." 5.5% alcohol; winery founded in 1892; located near Alessandria. Light red color; light hue; intense strawberry aroma and taste, wild strawberries at first, then more domesticated over time and sweeter, ending almost jammy, but never too sweet; lovely bubbles; lots of fun to taste the changes over time. And, it went beautifully with their handmade chocolates. 4*.