Today non-Champagne sparkling wines have never been better. For less than $20, there is a huge array of choice. One type, that has become hugely successful is the Italian sparkling wine Prosecco. Why?
Answer: It is light, lemony, bubbly, fun to drink and extremely affordable.
Like all sparkling wines, Prosecco gets its bubbles from undergoing a second fermentation. However, unlike Champagne and traditional method wines, the second fermentation is not in bottle, but in large stainless steel tanks, and is called the Charmat method. This method is much more suitable for preserving the freshness and fruitiness of wines like Prosecco.
Prosecco is also very versatile. Traditionally served as an ap&eactue;ritif, it is also delicious with a variety of hard cheeses like Parmigiano Reggiano, Asiago, Gouda or Cheddar, salted or smoked almonds, salami and cured meats.
And let's not forget the famous and original Prosecco cocktail, the Bellini. There is no end to the versatility of this wonderful wine. It is sure to add the right sparkle to any Valentine's celebration.
Here are some of my favorite Prosecco wines:
• Prosecco Bisol, Brut NV, $15
• Prosecco, Frozza, Extra Dry NV, $13
• Prosecco, Zardetto, Brut NV, $13
• Prosecco, Mionetto, Brut NV, $15
• Prosecco, Mia NV, $10 (this one has a screwcap closure!)
• Prosecco Bellenda, Brut, 2007, $18 (a little more expensive and vintage, but worth it)
Prosecco wines are widely available across the United States. Just make sure that the bottle you buy has not been lying around the store for too long. Ask for advice from the sales person, and may your Valentine's celebrations, wherever they are be special.