Thursday, February 24, 2011

Prosecco Thursday

While perusing the aisles of CVS today looking for a bottle of Champagne for tonight, I decided we would try a bottle of Prosecco.  The La Marca Prosecco label caught my eye, I liked the blue color and it was voted one of the "Top 100 Wines of the Year" by Wine Spectator.  La Marca is the only Prosecco producer to be awarded this honor.  And in case any of you are wondering, it was $13.

What we will be trying tonight
The description from the back of the bottle, "Grown in Italy, the Prosecco grape is cherished for its expressiveness.  This sparkling wine offers a fresh and vibrant bouquet of golden apple, white peach and honeysuckle."

Italian sparkling wine from the Veneto region
Effervescent wine made in the Champagne region of France. It can only be produced there and all other wines that are effervescent are sparkling wines
Prosecco does not ferment in the bottle and grows stale with time
Sparkling wine produced by inducing the in-bottle secondary fermentation of the wine to effect carbonation
It should be drunk as young as possible and preferably before it is two years old
Meant to age
Most often made from Glera grapes (previously also known as Prosecco grapes).
Primary grapes used in the production of Champagne are Pinot noir, Chard and Pinot Meunier 
average high quality prosecco is often half to a fifth of the price of more seriously regarded champagnes

Another fun fact about Prosecco, in Italy its considered an everyday drink.  :)

Happy Champagne Thursday!


Information about Prosecco found at WiseGeek & Wikipedia

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