They say bubbles, and we think of champagne. But, not all of those sensual bubbles come from champagne. There is also the Cava from Spain, the Cremánt from France, the sparkling wines of California, Argentina and the rest of the world. There are also three Italian favorites: the Franciacorta, the Lambrusco and the refreshing and sexy Prosecco.
The tradition of Prosecco is not as new, nor as “simple” as you would think, as it dates back to the 1500s. One of the most prestigious production houses in Italy actually began in 1700.
Prosecco is protected in the production regions of Veneto and in Friuli Venezia (in the north), and it is made with the Glera grape.
Generally speaking, we want a Prosecco to be light, aromatic and refreshing. Their aroma and their taste are less complex and more floral, since they are not made using the traditional champagne method. Instead, the Charmat, or tank method, is used. This is a simpler, faster and therefore, among other reasons, is less expensive.
Prosecco pairs perfect with Parmigiano-Reggiano, Brie and Camembert cheese. Also cured meats, fruits, in a brunch and with Italian and Asian dishes. Its quality level is indicated by the label: Prosecco, Prosecco Superiore, Prosecco di Conegliano e Valdobbiadene and Cartizze, one of my favorites.
They may all look the same, but they are not, and for this you must read the label well and ensure the product comes from a protected area. The label should read: DOC or DOCG.
So, depending on who you share your Valentine's night with, you have several options. For example, are you spending your night with family, friends, a new crush or your longtime partner? The Mionetto winery, for example, has all the options for that special night: Mionetto Prosecco DOC, Mionetto Prosecco Treviso DOC, Mionetto Prosecco DOC Prestige Brut and one of my favorites at home: Mionetto Luxury Cartizze DOCG. It is an elegant Prosecco, more complex, but delicate and very seductive. It has notes of apple, pear, citrus and glazed almonds–perfect to impress! It’s production is very limited, since the Cartizze area is very small. But love can do everything, all you have to do is search the internet, and you can get it.
Prosecco is taken young and cold. Take it in the fridge a few hours before enjoying it. It does not improve over the years, so do not delay opening it. From $14 to $45, you can find any Prosecco style you crave. And remember, if it doesn’t say Prosecco DOC or DOCG, it's not Prosecco.
Long live the love and magic of Prosecco! Salute!