Prosecco-Italian styled sparkling wine
Popping a bottle of bubbly is easy on the wallet if you know where to look. Real Champagne costs as much as a tank of gas these days, but there are some inexpensive versions of sparkling wine from Europe that are very reasonably priced.
Prosecco is an inexpensive sparkling wine from the Veneto region of Italy.
Prosecco comes in still, which is without bubbles and frizzante, which is slightly effervescent,
but it is best known as a fully sparkling wine. Unlike most European wines, Prosecco is the grape name and the name of the wine, although the name of the closest village is usually appended to it like a surname. The tiny villages of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene have been growing prosecco for centuries and some scholars believe that this grape has been cultivated in one form or another since Roman times.
Vinification of Prosecco follows traditional methods. The grapes are hand picked and gently pressed so that only the best juice is extracted from the grape. It is fermented in stainless steel vats to promote its fresh, apple-like flavor.
What is most impressive about Prosecco is its polished Italian style. Lively, floral, and delicate, yet it can be rich with flavors of fresh baked goods and ground spices. It always makes an impressive entrance in its substantial Champagne bottle that has been graced with a little Italian panache. Capable of making that celebratory POP, it always turns heads in a way that only a sparkling wine can do. (Only you and I need to know that it usually costs less than $15.)
Whether you're celebrating a milestone or just looking for a change of pace, look to these great bottles available in the Colorado market: Zardetto, Aneri, Il (with its sassy bottle cap top), Origin, or Bartolomeo Breganze. Ciao!
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