Prosecco Goes Pink

Prosecco Rosé officially launched in the US earlier this year, after much anticipation in the wine world. Sparkling rosé is not a new thing, but sparkling rosé coming from the Prosecco region of Italy is, having just been approved by the Italian National Wine Committee in May of 2020, when they approved these long awaited changes to the Prosecco DOC.

Carra Prosecco Rosé DOC Extra Dry from Nicola Biscardo Selections

The Prosecco we all know and love is a sparkling white wine produced primarily (85% minimum) from the Glera grape in the Veneto region of northeast Italy (more specifically, the Prosecco region within Veneto). For a wine to qualify as Prosecco Rosé, it must include at least 85 percent Glera grapes, the remainder Pinot Noir. Prosecco Rosé must age for a minimum of 60 days, whereas regular Prosecco traditionally ages for 30 days.

The vast majority of Prosecco is made using the tank or Charmat method, in which a second fermentation occurs in a large stainless steel vat, before it is bottled under pressure. In comparison, the second fermentation of Champagne occurs in the very bottle it will be sold in. The Charmat method produces a wine with fruit-forward, simple freshness. A typical bottle of Prosecco will offer notes of melon, peach, apple, pear, and honeysuckle.

You can expect the addition of Pinot Noir in the new Prosecco Rosé to balance the crisp floral and stone fruit flavors of traditional Prosecco with fresh notes of strawberry , red cherry, and raspberry. This easy drinking, refreshing bubbly will pair beautifully with fried seafood, salty cheeses, poultry, and sausages. A creamy risotto would be an absolute delight alongside a glass of Prosecco Rosé.

Prosecco has surpassed Champagne in global sales, becoming the world’s best-selling sparkling wine, with a volume of 544 million bottles in 2018. This trend has continued since, and the addition of Prosecco Rosé is sure to add to the growing numbers.

Lamarca Prosecco Rose DOC

Prosecco’s crisp, fruit-forward, easy drinking style combined with its inexpensive price tag continue to make this sparkling wine more approachable and affordable than Champagne, which certainly contributes to its rise in popularity and consumption.

Most Proseccos are available for under $20 a bottle, many even closer to $10. They are also available in a range of sweetness levels, from the driest Brut to the sweeter Extra Dry and Dry versions. Prosecco’s simple fruitiness makes it ideal for sparkling wine cocktails such as mimosas.

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Explore the World of Bubbly!

Originally published in South Shore Senior News, December 5, 2018

2019 is upon us, and ringing in the new year by toasting to family, friends, and new possibilities with bubbly is a tradition many of us partake in. Sparkling wines are my absolute favorite style, not just for special occasions, but even for any random weekday lunch with friends. Why save the celebration for holidays when we can celebrate each day? Where does one begin, and what is the difference between the world’s sparkling wines?

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Champagne

The word Champagne has become synonymous with sparkling wine, but not all sparkling wine should and can be accurately called Champagne. Champagne is not a wine, and it is not a grape. It is a region of France known for some of the world’s best sparkling wines. In order to be called Champagne, a wine must come from the Champagne region. Champagne is made from any combination of three grapes: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. The Méthode Champenoise (also known as the Traditional Method) is the winemaking method followed in Champagne, which includes a second fermentation in the very bottle in which it will be sold. This can be very time consuming and laborious, which is often partly responsible for the hefty price tag on many Champagnes. Champagnes are aged in such a way that the resulting wines give a creamy, bready, brioche flavor in the glass. Champagne is not where the world of bubbly ends, however. In fact, you can find a plethora of other sparkling wines from other regions of France, which are labeled as Crémant.

Prosecco

Prosecco is Italy’s famous bubbly. Prosecco is produced in northeastern Italy, specifically the Veneto and Friuli-Venezia Giulia wine regions, that uses mainly the Glera grape to produce Champagne’s Italian cousin. A totally different winemaking style than used in Champagne, Prosecco tends to be fresher tasting with more fruit, less brioche. Proseccos can come in a variety of sweetness/dryness levels to please every palate. Prosecco’s price tag is equally as appealing, as you can easily find delicious Proseccos for under $15 a bottle.

Cava

Cava is the well known Spanish sparkling wine that can be made from a combination of grapes, most commonly Xarel.lo, Macabeo, Paralleda, and Chardonnay. Cava can be found in a wide range of sweetness levels, although Brut is most common in the mass market. It can also be found in a variety of quality levels, although compared to their counterparts from Champagne, are incredibly affordable. Cava provides the drinker with a balance of fresh fruit and subtle brioche.

Excellent sparkling wines are made all over the world from all kinds of grapes, resulting in a variety of styles (white, red, and rose), in every sweetness level, and available in every price range imaginable. The fun is in celebrating special occasions with something new. Perhaps this year leave the $10 bottle of Korbel on the rack and grab something new and exciting that will leave a lasting memory.

Cheers to 2019!
Missa
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