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Gran Cret: The Essence of Friuli in Bubbles

In the realm of sparkling wines, Gran Cret stands out as a testament to innovation and tradition, a creation that Wine Affairs, a distinguished wine distributor located in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, is thrilled to present. This exceptional spumante, born from the Ribolla Gialla grape, encapsulates the spirit and terroir of its Friulian origins, offering a unique experience to sparkling wine aficionados.

Gran Cret, a term derived from the Friulian "Cret," meaning irrefutable, indestructible, and true, is a classic outsider. It is a sparkling wine that embodies the essence of its grape variety, Ribolla Gialla, known for its robust and rich character. The wine is characterized by a youthful and fresh aroma, a full, elegant, and harmonious flavor, and a thick, almost creamy foam. Its abundant, continuous, and persistent perlage features fine bubbles that rise slowly, enchanting the eye and palate alike.

The maturation process of Gran Cret is meticulous, involving initial aging in steel and then in the bottle on lees for 18 months. This careful aging contributes to its complexity and depth. The vinification process is equally precise, with white vinification at 18°C and no malolactic fermentation, preserving the natural acidity and freshness of the wine.

Gran Cret is an ideal aperitif and pairs beautifully with a wide range of dishes, from buffets to appetizers, soups, fish, and white meats. It is particularly important to serve it at the right temperature, around 8°C, to fully appreciate its nuances. This Extra Brut sparkling wine is a testament to the versatility and potential of the Ribolla Gialla grape, offering a new and original Blanc de Blancs experience.

The Metodo Classico production process, a method of inducing secondary fermentation in the bottle, adds traditional pressure visible as bubbles. This process, not to be compared with Champagne due to its unique territoriality and typicity, showcases the virtues of bottle fermentation, expressing the maximum technique and enology to capture the essence of the territory in the bubbles.

Wine Affairs invites other wine distributors to partner with us in sharing the unique story and exquisite taste of Gran Cret with the world. Our shared commitment to quality and the celebration of unique wine experiences can help spread the joy of discovering new and exceptional wines.

Moreover, we are seeking passionate wine enthusiasts and skilled salespeople to join our team. If you have a love for sparkling wines and a talent for sales, Wine Affairs offers an exciting opportunity to delve into the world of fine wines and share this passion with others.

In conclusion, Gran Cret is not just a sparkling wine; it's a journey through the heart of Friuli, a celebration of the Ribolla Gialla grape, and a symbol of winemaking excellence. For those interested in exploring the unique flavors of Gran Cret or seeking a personalized wine experience, we encourage you to reach out to Nello at Wine Affairs. Visit us at for more information and to start your journey through the exquisite world of sparkling wines.

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