Some time ago lifting a glass of Prosecco was the same as pushing the envelope. Champagne held strong positions. It seemed nothing would change and customary French bubble wine would accompany every social drinking or celebration.
But lately, there have been rumours that champagne’s crown is not so secure. In fact, in 2014 prosecco actually overtook champagne in sales! This shouldn’t be a big surprise – Italy’s soil of Conegliano-Valdobbiadene region, cool climate, the Alpine breezes, picturesque hills and the Adriatic Sea have crafted the Italian sparkling wine brand. No doubt, such a great combination contributes greatly to the unique taste and aroma (and sales) of prosecco.
The production of Prosecco is quite interesting. It has several names: the Charmat Method, the Italian Method, Martinotti-Charmat Method and the Tank Method. It differs from the traditional Champagne production process and involves less labour expenditure. Both fermentation steps are conducted in steel autoclaves (tanks). Such approach has made a long way from grapes to wine shorter and quicker, and its taste fruiter and fresher. Due to the Italian method, we can enjoy a much more affordable price than most champagnes.
Before giving details of best Prosecco on offer, take into consideration some details. The first detail is glassware. A tulip is a preferable shape of glass that will host chilled Prosecco, slender form will do too, to ensure it bubbles correctly. Food pairing is worth of thinking out. But in case with Prosecco it’s very easy to do because this sparkler is not hard to find a food date for. You can pair it with seafood, meat, fruit, vegetables, cheese, almond, sushi, mushrooms and olives in between drinking and talking. Prosecco is a good aperitif and the base for a cocktail Bellini.
- Mionetto Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Frizzante. This name will convey you that this bottle was produced at Valdobbiadene area, and the wine is moderately bubbling (‘frizzante’ means light sparkling). Pear and melon notes will shade its taste.
- Zonin Prosecco Special Cuvée Brut is not sweet. A mouthful of this bubbly will bring you apple and citrus flavor and floral aroma.
- Cavit Lunetta. Lunetta is translated as ‘little moon’ from Italian. And indeed, such a romantic name won’t disappoint your expectation.
- La Marca Extra Dry Prosecco di Valdobbiadene is a must-drink Prosecco. It has very prominent aroma and fruit taste accompanied by melon and citrus flavours.
- Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco di Valdobbiadene is very dry and elegant. It resembles Champagne and has a delicate palate with citrus and bread dough notes.
Having read the above description of Prosecco’s fizzes you’ll be able to find your flavor and taste that will suit your individuality. Hopefully, this short guide to Prosecco world will inspire you to try other sparkling wines of this Italian brand number one.