A light red varietal from the Piedmont region of northwestern Italy. An interesting mix of both high acids and high tannins, the Friesa makes one of the most unique wines on earth. From the appellation of Asti comes an effervescent version that has the odd mix of high sugars, acids and some tannins. So that means it is a red wine that is sparkling but also sweet, dry and tannic all at the same time. Throw in a bitter almond quality as well and what you have left is either a distinctly Piemontese specialty or a distinctly Piemontese not so specialty. If you can find it you be the judge. Dry and still versions are springing up as well.