It’s become a tradition…a “patio wine” tasting in the Western suburbs with @EnjoyJourney, @DougMessner, @ScottNations and, yours truly, @WendionWine.
Yesterday, our merry band of wine lovers savored Prosecco as our patio wine pick for the 2013 season.
Prosecco is an Italian sparkling wine made from Glera grapes. It’s produced in the regions of Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia in Italy, and traditionally mainly in the areas near Conegliano and Valdobbiadene, in the hills north of Treviso.
Although it’s considered by aficionados to be a worthy alternative to the better known and more expensive French champagnes and California sparkling wines, Prosecco is still not widely considered by the mass market purchaser. In fact, the good folks at Binny’s always look puzzled and slightly amused when we ask for a Prosecco by name.
The good, the really good, and the really not good
Rustica Nino Franco. This Prosecco is a solid hot weather choice. I don’t think it would pair well with dinner, but it’s a wonderful pairing with a fruit salad or cheese and fruit appetizers. It’s not as sweet as some other Proseccos, but it IS light and refreshing. At approximately $17, this one is a crowd pleaser. – First Base
Bisol Crede Valdobbiadene. The BEST. Straw colored, light, refreshing, not too sweet, with a slightly creamy finish. Has a little bit of citrus intensity which makes it more complex and interesting than the Rustica Nino Franco. Two bottles were not enough! About $24 at Binny’s. – More, Please
Santa Margherita Valdobbiadene. I wanted to like this Prosecco. It gets good online reviews on amazon.com and wine.com. But none of us were feeling the love. It has slightly more taste and fizz than Perrier. That’s really all I can say in review except that in a group that ALWAYS finishes the bottle, this one went down the sink. About $20. – Take A Pass