I was introduced to a style of wine that I was unfamiliar with this week – a sparkling wine with lower carbonation than most of the average sparkler. Baci Vivaci, which translates into “Lively Kisses,” from Stemmari. This Sicilian wine is made with the Grillo, a white Italian grape variety. I enjoyed the light effervescence of this white wine that was definitely more playful on the tongue than a regular wine, yet not as acrobatic as a Champagne-style wine is.

In addition to the bubbles in this wine being light, the alcohol in it is light, too, 10.5 percent. It’s dry and fruity and tasted like late summer, with peach being the prominent flavor that came through for me. This is a nice wine for fish, aged cheese, and white meats. I even had a glass of it with a cold piece of pizza late the other night, and it worked well together.  

The Stemmari brand is owned by Mezzacorona, the makers of one of my favorite go-to, sustainably made Pinot Grigios. Baci Vivaci is made sustainably, also. Stemmari has earend Eco-Management and Audit Scheme certification.

Baci Vivaci is available nationwide, and the suggested retail price is a very reasonable $9.99.

Wine, beer and spirits disclaimer: I am not paid by any producer of wine, beer or spirits to write about their product, although the company may provide me with a sample of the product. I am not a professional reviewer of wine, beer or spirits. I'll write about the product if it's something that I like and if I think the producer is working toward making the product in an environmentally friendlier fashion.

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