Prosecco, Italy's Sparkling Wine

 

Prosecco: dry, lemony, and bubbling, is Italy's answer to refreshing, well-made, sparkling wine. Created from predominately Prosecco grapes in the northern Veneto region of Italy in the foothills of the Alps, Prosecco is light, affordable, and fun.

 

Prosecco is a sparkling wine that must be served chilled
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Traditionally Prosecco was made as a soft, somewhat sweet wine with just a little fizz, but today's Proseccos are dry and very bubbly. Sometimes combined with a small amount of Pinot Blanc or Pinot Grigio grapes, Prosecco is made using the Charmat method rather than the Champagne method, the French method of making sparkling wine. The Charmat method allows the wine to go through the second fermentation in pressurized tanks rather than in individual bottles. No turning the bottles every day as in Champagne. The shorter, tank fermentation is preferable for Prosecco because it preserves the freshness and the flavor of the grapes.

 

Prosecco

Straw-colored Prosecco, with its overtones of citrus, melon, lemon, almonds, and honey, is a perfect summer wine. It is crisp and clean with small bubbles and pairs nicely with seafood - especially calamari and crabmeat, salads, and even all but the heaviest pastas.

Most Prosecco is at its best when consumed within three years of its vintage, but the highest-quality Prosecco can be aged for up to seven years.

Venetians consider Prosecco an ideal apperitivo or ombrette (pick-me-up). Prosecco is also delicious when combined with fresh peach juice to make Venice's most famous cocktail, the Bellini. Prosecco is very affordable when compared to her French or California sparkling cousins and is becoming more widely available in wine stores and restaurants in the United States.

 

 

By Sandy Mitchell

 

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Sunday, April 26TH, 2009 by Guest

I bought Prosecco wine at Trader Joes In Williamsburg. Unfortunately they do not sell wine in New York. How do I purchase Prosecco Wine distributed by Americal. The wine is really delicious. thank you. Don

Thursday, April 21TH, 2011 by Guest

Hello this is Name And really like your site.This is very good site and provide very good information. I really want to visit this site again.

Tuesday, May 17TH, 2011 by Guest

Don---Where in New York have you not been able to buy wine?  I've never had a problem. 

Tuesday, June 07TH, 2011 by Guest

today i have a degustation of that wine....im so excited

Wednesday, February 29TH, 2012 by Guest

What Brand of Prosecco would you suggest for a Brunch?

Tuesday, June 12TH, 2012 by Guest

Prosecco is not made of "Prosecco" grapes. There's not such thing as Prosecco grape. The grape Prosecco is made of is Glera.

Tuesday, October 09TH, 2012 by Guest

Great article, I really love drinking Prosecco. I found an usuful blog about prosecco and his "world" that just write about that, you can have a look: www.proseccoworld.com
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