Brescian rotisserie, a classic Franciacorta dish

Above: a traditional “spiedo bresciano” must be roasted slowly for a minimum of four hours (image via [email protected];-)’s Flickr, Creative Commons). Called spet in Franciacrota dialect (akin to the English spit), the spiedo bresciano or Brescian rotisserie is a classic specialty of Brescia province, where Franciacorta is located. A king among Brescian dishes, the spiedo bresciano has developed a cult following over the centuries. Its … Read more

Lunch at Dispensa Pani e Vini in Erbusco was superlative…

Marinated coregone (Coregonus lavaretus, European white fish) served with an “ice cream marinade.” There is no one who can rival the fresh-water fish mastery of chef Vittorio Fusari at his amazing Dispensa Pani e Vini (“Bread and Wine Dispensary”) in the village of Torbiato di Adro (in the province of Brescia). The restaurant is a … Read more

Artist Christo comes to Franciacorta this summer for his “Floating Piers”

In June of this year, the artist Christo will be mounting his next work on Lake Iseo in the heart of Franciacorta, “Floating Piers.” From June 18 to July 3, 2016, weather permitting, Italy’s Lake Iseo will be reimagined. 70,000 square meters of shimmering yellow fabric, carried by a modular floating dock system of 200,000 … Read more

Franciacorta Consortium has a new blog

We published the first post here on the Barone Pizzini blog on the day after Christmas, 2012. We’re now into our third year of active blogging and social media engagement. Over the last ten years or so, social media and blogging have become an integral part of life on this planet. From Facebook to Twitter … Read more

A weekend of art & culture at Barone Pizzini: events and tastings Saturday & Sunday

Barone Pizzini, the first winery in Franciacorta to believe in natural viticulture as the key to attaining the highest quality possible, presents a series of events and tastings featuring painting, music, food, and… Franciacorta, of course! Currently, the main tasting room at the winery features a show devoted to the paintings of Armando Riva, an … Read more

The origin of the name Franciacorta (isn’t what you think)

It’s widely known that the place name “Franciacorta” comes from an ancient toponym for the area, francae curtes, the free court, in other words, a “tax-free zone,” a designation probably owed to the fact that the monastery that helped to revive agriculture there was not subject to taxation. But a few weeks ago, many Italian … Read more

Darrell Corti on Franciacorta’s beauty and topography

The latest installment in our continuing series of posts featuring “Darrell Corti on Franciacorta.” The Franciacorta area is quite pretty. Seen from Monte Alto, it appears to be a mosaic of different agricultures with blotches of modern life showing up in the form of industrial complexes with their rather graceless forms of concrete and asphalt. … Read more

Darrell Corti on Franciacorta geography

The latest installment in our continuing series of posts featuring “Darrell Corti on Franciacorta.” Above: The Lago d’Iseo, Lake Iseo. The area is not large. It is well circumscribed since the geological features of the area are physical boundaries which have distinguishing features. All good viticultural areas have the characteristics in common. To the north … Read more

Franciacorta harvest has begun

A note from Pievalta winery manager Silvia Loschi: Here’s a photo [above] of Verdicchio grapes taken today in our Moie vineyard. We’ve been preparing for the 2013 harvest this week. We started by checking and cleaning the press, tanks, and pumps. On Friday morning at 7:30 a.m., we began sampling berries in the Moie and … Read more