We talk a lot about wines here on VINE-YL; how complex they are, how they are made, where they come from, etc., etc. Sometimes we get so caught up in the details that we forget the main purpose of wine. Wine really has a very simple raison d'etre, it was invented by our very intelligent ancestors to make us feel good. It is a drug after all, and it's a hell of a drug. It is there to help us relax at the end of a difficult day, to lighten our mood when we are feeling sad. It is there to try and make us happy. There are a few wines that seem to exist with the almost sole purpose of making us happy. They are not there for us to analyze, or to pair with exquisite food, or to sell for extravagant amounts of money. They are there simply to be enjoyed. Brachetto is one of these wines.

Brachetto hails from Piedmont, Italy, my favorite of all the wine regions. It is a region that produces not just collectible, age-worthy reds, but also complex whites, fascinating roses, slightly sweet sparkling whites, everyday drinking reds and sparkling roses known to those in the know as Brachetto. We actually have reviewed a Brachetto before but it was a still, dry Brachetto. This is quite a different animal. Brachetto is classified as a dessert wine and is really about the best thing you can serve with anything having to do with chocolate. It is sweet and fruity but at the same time light and airy. It is really a dessert in itself.

Poderi Traversa is a family run winery in Piedmont, that produces many traditional Piedmontese wines like Roero, Barbera and Moscato. Their Brachetto is made from %100 Brachetto (the name of the grape, which is often also the name of the wine in this part of Italy.) It is a frizzante wine that is packaged with a regular cork rather than the champagne cork one normally sees in sparkling wines. The Traversa Brachetto is an awesome color of pink, a 1980's Molly Ringwald kind of pink. It explodes with tiny, moussey bubbles and sweet aromas of strawberry and rhubarb. On the palate it is soft and sweet and utterly delicious. A wine that makes it almost impossible to be in a bad mood. I dare you to open a bottle of Brachetto and not instantly smile. It is a wine with whimsy that inspires the same in its consumers. The perfect wine for celebrating the life of someone that brought joy to so many.