Prosecco is an Italian sparkling white wine similar to champagne. This bubbly wine is made in the Veneto region of Italy, north of Venice. Although prosecco is similar to champagne, true champagne only comes from France. Prosecco also differs from champagne in how it is made. Prosecco is made in a less complicated manner and fermented in a large tank rather than in individual bottles. If you’re looking for a fresh and fruity sparkling wine that is also a great value, prosecco might be the right choice for you!
Prosecco grapes create a sweet fruity taste and a flowery aroma. Fine proseccos have flavor notes of tropical fruits, honeysuckle, green apple, fresh cream, vanilla, and hazelnut. It’s aged in large tanks, and this low pressure technique, creates light and frothy bubbles. An off-dry prosecco with have a sweet flavor which is light and delicate. Unlike champagne, the flavors in prosecco are upfront, there are no secondary notes.
Prosecco is great to drink alone but it can also be used in mixed drinks. It can be combined with peach nectar to create a delicious Bellini, which is perfect for brunches or as an aperitif to a meal. It can also be mixed with lemon sorbet to create a frothy and sweet dessert drink called “sgroppino”.
For food pairings, prosecco goes great with cured meats and will taste great with an “affettati misti”, which is an Italian salumi and cheese platter. Prosecco will also taste great paired with Asian dishes such as sushi or Thai noodles. It is advised to not pair prosecco with super sugary desserts to avoid creating an overly sweet taste. Instead, stick with fruity desserts and lighter tasting pastries when serving prosecco.
At Vintage Wine Bar and Bistro we offer several pleasing prosecco varieties. Enjoy a glass paired with our Shrimp Shumai or our Sweet Chili Mango Salmon for a great, flavorful experience.