As Americans get ready to fire up their grills and put the finishing touches on their berry pies this this 4th of July, Italians remember a significant event in their own history; the birth of Giuseppe Garibaldi, largely credited with the nineteenth century unification of Italy.
He was a man after the American founding fathers’ own rhetorical hearts. In an 1854 letter to English liberal politician Joseph Cowen, Garibaldi declared: “My heart is entirely devoted to liberty, universal liberty, national and worldwide – ora e sempre.” (Joseph Garibaldi, Patriot and Soldier).
Garibaldi monuments can now be found in cities and towns throughout Italy, but the first is said to have been erected in 1883 in the town of Iseo – within the production area of Franciacorta.
You can bet that in Lombardy they’ll be drinking Franciacorta this weekend in honor of one of history’s greats. And while in the US July 4th is typically associated with beer or light cocktails, sommeliers agree that wine is a great pair for typical barbecue foods. Franciacorta’s floral acidity goes well with summer fruits and can help cut the fattiness of hamburgers or hot dogs.
So this weekend when you gather with friends around the grill or under the fireworks, pop open a bottle of Barone Pizzini, and together let’s hope for a future worthy of Garibaldi’s aspiration for liberty around the world, ora e sempre.