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Americano is the name of a category of aperitif wines, enshrined in Italian and EU law, which derive flavor first from gentian and may also be colored red or yellow. That the word ‘Americano’ is also used in reference to a mixed drink and a coffee drink is no mistake—the term originates from the Italian word ‘amaricante’, meaning bittered. Gentian is the most bitter of the bitters, so fruit notes and sweetness are often more intense in Americano-style wines; thus, they are classically drunk with soda.

    Cocchi Americano Rosa bottle

    Cocchi Americano Rosa

    ItalyPiemonte 16.5% ABV

    16.5% ABV

    Throughout its history, Giulio Cocchi has used the aperitif wine Americano profile to highlight the fine aromatic grapes of Piemonte. In Cocchi Americano Rosa, the Brachetto d’Acqui wine base provides the white rose and rich berry notes typical of the famous sparkling wine of the same variety, while the addition of rose and ginger to the traditional bitter base provides a rounder profile. Full details

    Cocchi Americano Rosa label
    Cocchi Americano Bianco bottle

    Cocchi Americano Bianco

    ItalyPiemonte 16.5% ABV

    16.5% ABV

    Made to the same recipe since 1891, this Moscato-based aperitif wine has long been a staple of Asti. While the Americano name implies a gentian focus, the wine also includes quinine and citrus for a flavorful, refreshing profile. In Piemonte it is served chilled with ice, a splash of soda and a peel of orange. Cocchi Americano Bianco’s combination of fruit, spice and bitter undertones can perfect a number of classic mixed drinks. This same profile makes it splendid pairing with all kinds of pickles, nuts, charcuterie and cheeses. Full details

    Cocchi Americano Bianco label