Viva Italia!

Italian sparkling wine

Italian sparkling wine (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Prosecco is often mistakenly called Italian Champagne but that isn’t a bad comparison. This sparkling wine is made from the Prosecco grape the oldest cultivated grape in Italy. Mionette Prosecco D.O.C. Treviso Brut has received a 89 point rating from the Wine Enthusiast. This wine has a 11% alcohol content and a R.S. of .9. Pop the cork and pour a glass to enjoy the pale straw color with your eyes, lift it to your nose to smell the fruity aroma of pear and citrus then finally taste the golden apple and peach with the light body and dry finish. This wine should be enjoyed fresh and certainly be consumed within 3 months of purchase. Serve with appetizers and mild cheeses but another use is as an excellent base for a Bellini and other sparkling wine cocktails.

     Calling Prosecco Italian Champagne is meaningful for me because Champagne is associated with memorable events and that is the case for me. My lovely wife and I have celebrated our wedding anniversary twice at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. Both times we had dinner at Osteria del Circo where the staff lined up to greet and congratulate us upon our arrival. Circo is a Tuscan styled restaurant that boasts a wine list of 900 selections from all over the world. We were led to our table that looked out onto the lake and it famous dancing waters. She ordered Prosecco to complement her Mediterranean Sea Bass. I can still see the thin strings of bubbles rising in her glass as she enjoyed the evenings celebration. Where we will be celebrating this year is still unplanned but I hope you will make great memories in your life that include great wine.

2 thoughts on “Viva Italia!

  1. Nice post. If you come across it, give Nino Franco’s Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Superiore di Cartizze a try as it is really fabulous. Adami’s Bosco di Gica is also excellent.
    As a side note (and clearly leaving sentimental reasons aside!), I totally agree with you that Prosecco cannot technically be called Italian Champagne because (with very few exceptions, such as very good Valdo’s Metodo Classico Numero 10) Prosecco is made according to the so-called Martinotti Method, as opposed to Methode Champenoise. Two excellent Italian sparkling wines which *could* be called “Italian Champagne” (although most of the producers don’t want to because they are proud of the uniqueness of their products) are Franciacorta DOCG or Trento DOC, as they are both made according to Methode Champenoise.
    Take care!


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