Prosecco: The Italian Excellence in the WorldBy Angelica Malin
Prosecco offers a smooth, delicious, and thrilling way to sweep through a cold evening with a
group of friends or alone. Prosecco is today one of the best-known e and most popular sparkling wine in the world, icon of the Italian culture.
Prosecco wine offers a budget-friendly yet classic way to please your guests at a party or enjoy a pleasant taste in a fun evening. Learn more about the drink here.
What is Prosecco?
Prosecco is an Italian sparkling wine with fresh floral tastes and zingy acidity. Like many other flavours and recipes, Prosecco derives its name from a little town in the province of Trieste, where its production occurs.
It is produced between the Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia regions, as a DOC OR DOCG white wine.
Prosecco wine crosses international borders as Italian flavour and the grapes that make up 85% of its production are Glera grapes. It is almost made in sparkling or semi-sparkling style, but a still wine is permitted. Within the larger designation there are two small DOCG areas: Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco and Asolo Prosecco.
Since 2020 the DOC rules allow a rosé variety of Prosecco, spumante rosé, which must contain Glera blended with Pinot Noir.
Is Prosecco an Affordable Alternative Champagne?
Considering the prices and sparkling nature, many wine lovers often mistake Prosecco for an inexpensive alternative to Champagne. Yet, the two drinks are pretty different. Champagne, for instance, derives its name from the location of its origin, Champagne, France.
This is a common phenomenon with many recipes and flavours from European countries. Most flavours often carry the name of the place of its origin for a reference of authenticity.
However, the method by which each wine is made differs significantly. The Charmat method used for Prosecco involves single fermentation in tank, flowed by a pressurised bottling. By contrast, Champagne is fermented twice with the secondary fermentation conducted in bottle with the addition of yeast and solids that provide the bubbles.
Likewise, the grapes used in their production is also different. Champagne is made using Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. On the other hand, Prosecco uses Glera grapes. Champagne production process also follows a strict winemaking procedure from the Apellation d’Origine Controlée (AOC), the wine supervisory commission in France.
Which is the Best Prosecco Flavour?
Prosecco comes in different tastes. These include:
- Dry, the sweetest Prosecco in the market
- Extra Dry, it’s sweeter than the Bruts and most people find it more comfortable;
- Brut, less sweet than Extra Dry, but more sugary than Extra Brut;
- Extra Brut, a pleasant choice if you prefer a dryer sparkling wine.
There’s also a new Prosecco Brut in the market, Ultra Brut, which comes at a zero-sugar flavour.
Carbs and Calories Content in Prosecco
The rate of calories and carbs in every bottle you take depends on the sugar levels in your wine. Thus, a more sugary bottle will contain greater amounts of calories and carbs. On average, a glass of Prosecco (125mls) has 90 calories, while a bottle contains 700 calories.
Prosecco is best served chilled, and in a tulip glass. The long, slim nature of these glasses keep the wine’s bubbles much longer. Thus, you continuously enjoy a fizzy thrill in every sip. Also, keeping the wine chilled gives it a more zingy taste, and sharpens its flavour.
Being a carbonates drink also means you risk the cork popping pout if you keep Prosecco too warm.
Prosecco Pairing Options
Prosecco goes well with several foods, provided you understand the rate of sugar in your bottle. For instance, you may want to try dry brut with salty dishes like shellfish. An extra dry Prosecco is ideal for a fish menu.
If you find the sweetest Prosecco more ideal for you, try pairing your favourite wine with desserts. Prosecco also does wonders as a fruity cocktail base.
Prosecco offers a unique way to enjoy the best moments in your life. Its ability to pair with various foods and flavours makes it a household drink for every wine lover. Grab a bottle and savour the moment now.