Help me find my particular wine.
June 8, 2013 1:40 AM Subscribe
I have found a wine that I love beyond all others, but it's hard-to-impossible to find here and I need to find EITHER an alternative that tastes as close to this as possible OR a new supplier. The wine is a Franciacorta, the maker is Berlucci, and the particular wine is the Storica '61 Brut (61 is the name of the original vintage and is given in homage - it's not the vintage of the wine) and is the white not the red/pink version.
I am in Sydney, Australia and other than an over-priced wine bar, the only other place I've found that sells this is an importer in Melbourne (wine link here
) that I've never used.
I've Googled to no avail, and I've gone to various middle-to-high end wine shops and only one had heard of it, but then couldn't tell me if they could get it. That was a year ago and despite repeated calls and emails, I've had no success.
I specifically like this wine because it's complex, fruity and really well-balanced, and not the least bit sugary or vinegary, which is what I dislike about most sparkling wines, especially champagne which usually seems too sharp for me. The closest I've found yet was a $150 bottle of Veuve Cliquot, but that's a little rich and the other varieties of easily available champagnes in the $40 and up price range have been disappointing to say the least. The next closest wine is a $20 bottle of Brown Brothers Prosecco, which is good but still too sharp and not as fruity and rich. I've tried a pile of other prosecco's but they've mostly been as sour as the champagnes.