While he's been criticized for a few recent gaffes, Pope Francis continues to build cred as one of the most inclusive Popes in history. This time, it's among drinkers. Yesterday, Italian Sommelier Association president Franco Maria Ricci named the Holy Father an honorary sommelier based on his open appreciation for wine. “There is no party without wine,” he said last year to an audience of thousands. Seriously, best Pope ever? (Note: The Vatican makes it clear that he tastes in very limited quantities.)
That said, the Pope does have some history with wine expertise. His grandfather Giovanni was a winemaker in the Piedmont region of Italy and gave the Pope a particular taste for Grignolino. We like Grignolino a lot (it's a bright and light-bodied red), but it's not all that easy to find in the U.S. If you'd like to drink like him domestically, we're sure that the first sommelier Pope would enjoy any of these Piedmontese reds.
Barolo and Barbaresco