Celebrating the season calls for a sparkling wine, but does it need to be Champagne?
Not necessarily. There are many wines that are bubbly, that tickle the nose and enliven a fluted glass just as well, but at a lower price point than a French Champagne.
One example is Prosecco.
Prosecco is a sparkling wine made in the Veneto region of Italy around the city of Treviso about 15 miles (24 km) North of Venice. Prosecco is made from Glera (which is called the Prosecco grape). Only wines made from 100% Glera can be considered true Prosecco. The wine is produced in the “Charmat” or ‘Tank Method’ a more affordable method for producing sparkling wines.
Not only are most Proseccos affordable, a good entry-level bottle will run between $12 – $14 as opposed to $40 for a decent Champagne. Another plus is that Prosecco is easy on your diet—a standard pour of Prosecco has about 121 Calories.
These delicious wines can be used for starters, for toasts and with any occasion that would call for a Champagne.
One favorite is Zonin Prosecco. Zonin is a nicely-priced, thoroughly enjoyable, not-too-serious sipper of a Prosecco that you can enjoy before dinner or with dessert without guilt or stress.
The wine is well-balanced and off-dry with a creamy froth and soft taste. The aromas offer up beautiful mineral notes along with white flowers, peach, honeyed apple and a hint of tangerine peel. The palate is dry with fresh citrus notes, white peach, hard candy, green apple and an abundance of delicate almonds typical of Prosecco. Extremely aromatic, this wine is fresh and delicious with a crisp mineral finish.
Enjoy this wine as an aperitf or with Caprese salad, crab cakes, pan-seared salmon with lemon and basil, chicken pesto with angel hair pasta or fine desserts.
We found Zonin Prosecco at Circus Wines in Middletown for around $13.99.
One that we found browsing the shelves was Adami Bosco di Gica Brut Prosecco. Produced from one of the best growing areas in the Veneto region, this Prosecco Brut is a step up: Valdobiadine D.O.C.G. Superiore. While many Proseccos are DOC, only a DOCG can use the name Superiore, indicating the highest quality and standard for Prosecco grown only from this particular zone. “Bosco di Gica” is the ancient name of the site of the family’s first vineyard dating back to 1490. It is the driest Prosecco in the Adami range.
This wine was a pleasant surprise. The wine is expressive with a creamy mousse and delicate, long-lasting bead that tickles your nose with its effervescence,
The aromas are rich, with excellent fruit effortlessly releasing scents of yellow apple, pear and peaches, with floral notes of wisteria and jasmine. There are hints of minerals, smoke, light honey and lime zest. Bosco di Gica Brut intertwines a wonderful balance and elegant mouth-watering aromas.
The palate hosts a delicious vein of lemon-lime acidity that displays a crisp, savory mouthfeel. Generous, lingering flavors mirror the nose with the addition of grassiness and gravel minerality to achieve a perfect balance.
Balanced and delightful peach and apricot flavors lead to a bone dry, mouth-cleansing finish. This beautifully delineated, articulate Prosecco is delicious and ideal as an aperitif. It is excellent with fish, shellfish, and any light, delicate dish. The wine is dry, crisp and elegant, suitable for any occassion and an everyday delight!
Adami Bosco di Gica Brut Prosecco can be found at Circus Wines/Spirits Unlimited in Red Bank for around $15.99.
Two great ways to toast to the season!