Prosecco … a bubbly favorite
by Wendy VanHatten
Do you like Prosecco? It’s a light drink, the bubbles give your glass excitement and it’s affordable. It makes a great splash and goes with some Aperol.
But what do you know about it?
Did you know that the Glera grape grown in the Italian Prosecco region was grown in ancient Rome?
Have you ever looked at the bottle neck label? Did you see the letters DOC or DOCG? The DOCG is of a slightly higher quality … and I agree. The grapes grow on vines in limestone slopes. Everything is done by hand … and it is a steep hill.
Did you know that most Prosecco is not made using the typical Champenoise method? It is produced using the Charmaat or tank method, in which the fermented wine undergoes its secondary fermentation in large steel tanks, not in the bottle. This means less contact with the yeast sediment or yeast.
Since aromatic grapes are used, the cleaner tank method lets these flavors shine. More taste.
My favorite comes from the Valdobbiadene region. It’s a great place to put on your list to visit.
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