From suits to sauces, Italy is a haven for people who like indulging their senses. And if you visit Valdobbiadene’s hilly town, you will experience one more thing that Italians have managed to do so well.
Prosecco wine is an Italian favorite. It is a sparkling wine that blurs the line between luxury and affordability. Prosecco is not exclusive like Champagne, but people love it for bubbles and taste.
Let’s dive into Prosecco. What is precisely Prosecco, and why should you try it?
What is Prosecco wine?
Prosecco comes from the Glera grape. Glera is a white grape with Slavic origins found in Italy, primarily in the Veneto area. Prosecco is a diverse dry white wine with varying tastes. The taste and look of the wine depend on its production.
Prosecco wine is mostly made using one grape variety. However, in rare cases, it’s blended with other grapes found in the same region as the Glera. Bianchetta, Verdiso, and Perera grapes are blended with Glera. These blends are not standard.
Prosseco wine production
Prosecco is produced using the method called Tank. Italians call this method Charmat. Most sparkling wines come from this method.
Charmat method uses large stainless steel tanks to carbonate wine after the fermentation process. This method has two effects. Not only does it give the wine the characteristic bubbles, but it also gives it a distinct nut and toasty flavor. Carbonization in these tanks offer wines such as Prosecco mild carbonation, about three pressure atmospheres and are called Spumante.
There is a lighter version of Prosecco that has fewer bubbles and less pressure. Frizzante Prosecco has at most 2.5 atmospheres of pressure.
There is final filtering of the product from the Charmat method. The filtering produces clean wines with a sparkle in them.
Most Prosecco labels indicate the place they are made. These indications can help you choose the quality you would like.
DOC stands for the base level. The DOC grapes grow in many areas in Italy. Most of the growth is in North-Eastern Italy.
Trieste DOC and Treviso DOC are grown in a smaller location. While it’s not too different from base DOC, its farming area is limited.
As you go up the ranking, there is the Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG. They farm this in the hilly sides under strict guidelines. You can be sure a bottle of this quality is suitable for special occasions.
Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Rive DOCG is a tiny area on the hilly side along the river bank. These are rare finds. Valdobbiadene Superiore di Cartizze DOCG represents some of the top drawer Prosecco. You can expect collector-worthy wine from this area.
Asolo Prosecco DOCG is what many would call a commemorative find. It features rare grapes in an exclusive location, and it is the only region in Italy that produces Extra-Brut Prosecco.
What’s the difference between Prosecco and Champagne?
The battle between Champagne and Prosecco is a long-standing one. Champagne enjoys a more high-profile image. It is more exclusive. However, the differences go beyond the exclusivity and price tags.
Champagne has a specific method of production – the Champenois method. And it’s a more traditional method. Champagne goes through the second fermentation in the bottle. The manufacturers add the yeast and sugar to the bottle and left the neck down on racks.
The dead yeast collects around the bottleneck. The neck is open after freezing, releasing the dead yeast. Wine takes from 18 months to 3 years to mature.
Prosecco’s second fermentation happens in large tanks. The wine is sealed to keep the carbon inside. This gives it that characteristic fuzz.
Prosecco’s production method makes it light. As such, Prosecco has a sweet taste. You can detect hints of citrus such as lemon rind. There are also hints of apple and pear. Some brands of Prosecco have slight flowery notes too.
Prosecco has three sweetness levels. The naming can be confusing. At the base level, there’s Brut. Brut contains the least amount of sugar. It contains up to 12 grams of sugar only.
Extra dry Prosecco contains between 12 and 17 grams of sugar per liter. Dry Prosecco contains up to 32 grams of sugar per liter.
There is another category of Prosecco. Demi-sec Prosecco contains anything between 17 to 32 grams of sugar. It would be excellent for those people with a sweet tooth who enjoy their wines sweet.
You can find Brut very easy.
Prosecco wine and food
Prosecco is light. The fruity flavors make it ideal for drinking with nothing else or pairing with food. There’s a wide range of food you can enjoy with Prosecco.
Asian noodles would be a great start. Asian noodles are light and require a bright drink to go along with them. Prosecco has good options for a bowl of noodles. Alternatively, get a spicy curry and enjoy the clash of flavors. The fruity and sweet flavors of Prosecco would tone down the spices in the curry. Still, both will stand out due to the flavor difference.
Prosecco is an excellent option for a lovely charcuterie. Set some cured meats, cheese, and appetizers and top it off with a Prosecco. Prosecco is popular at brunches for its fresh and fruity flavor. Its high acidity goes well with a bowl of fruit to match its pear, apple, and honeysuckle flavors. Prosecco is the perfect drink for a food sampling event. The high acidity cleanses the palette, making you take in every sample’s full flavor.
Price of the Prosecco wine
Champagne might be the crowning jewel at fancy events, but Prosecco is for anyone looking to have bubbly fun on a modest budget. A good bottle of Prosecco will set you back up to $20. You can find some for $10. The $10 to $20 range gives you a great range of options.
Luxury doesn’t have to cost much. A glass or two of Prosecco will bring your taste buds to life with each sip. Treat yourself to some exclusives if you can get your hands on a bottle.