In our next chapter, Italian Wine Ambassador Rose Johnson explores an American classic dessert: cherry pie. During fresh cherry season especially -- which runs roughly from late spring through the summer months -- this pie is a popular choice at barbecues, picnics and diners all across the country.
To pair, Rose suggests Freisa, a close relative of Nebbiolo from Piedmont, in either the sweet or frizzante (slightly sparkling) style. The wine features prominent notes of strawberry -- it's name, after all, comes from the fruit's Latin name -- as well as sweet-yet-bitter cherry, both of which match beautifully to the pie's mix of tart and sweet fruit.
Look for wines from Freisa di Chieri and Freisa d’Asti. the two most well-known DOCs for this underappreciated but delicious grape.