We were encouraged to share our knowledge at Y&YY. We were encouraged to teach that magic only we know how to make.
Uncovering what I might know enough about to share was tough. I mean, there are all these experts in the world about everything. They all know better than me.
I know wine.
Better than that, I know people who know more than me about wine.
My newlywed friend Erin from Acme Fine Wines and I put together a little tasting in the spirit of Y&YY. She found wines where the producers reworked, retooled and reinvented their corner of the modern wine world.
And that brings us to: Barnacle Bubbles.
More accurately, the wine is named Bisson Abissi, Spumante Metodo Classico. It’s from Liguria, Italy and was bottled in 2011. $101.
Piero Lugano is a winemaker from Italy who wanted to make a Methode Champenoise styled wine. He just didn’t have the space to age sparkling wine the way sparkling wine needs to be aged.
So Lugano put it in the ocean. As Acme Fine Wines says, “The temperature is perfect, there’s no light, and the rocking of the waves acts like a riddling rack, gently moving the lees through the wine.”
He got approval from the Agricultural Ministry in Rome (no small feat). They determined that there would be no environmental impact, so Lugano put his wine made of Vermentino and Bianchetta grapes in a big cage that he then dropped into the Mediterranean Sea.
“Thirteen months later, the bottles were still intact; however, the sea certainly made an impact. The bottles were covered with algae, seaweed, and barnacles, all of which were carefully cleaned, dried, and preserved onto the bottles. The result? A pale yellow wine with tiny, soft bubbles, the palate reveals sweet ripe stone fruits, swiftly followed by bracing acidity and an almost salty minerality.”
What a story, right? A delicious wine with the sea on the bottle, cleverly created, with a good story to boot.
Sneaky, Y&YY, you’ve found a great way to get me sharing.
No one paid me to write this. I like Acme Fine Wines, I like this wine and I thought it a cool story to share.