Every Monday and Thursday, we discover new wines, regions, and ways to understand this fermenting sea.
Munching Vidal Blanc on Keuka Lake, New York
Prosecco is a dry, sparkling white wine made in the Veneto region of northeastern Italy, in an area near Conegliano and Valdobbiadene, in the hills north of Treviso. It’s name, methods and place of production are protected under Italian DOC and DOCG designations.
The prosecco grape is now known as glera, thanks to Italian bureaucratic self-preservation. When Italy created a DOCG (guaranteed appellation designation) for the Veneto regions of Conegliano and Valdobbiadine, they did not want competing regions putting prosecco on their labels just because they had the right grape. So Italy renamed the grape glera in 2009. DOC Prosecco can see addition of the verduzzo grape.
You will need a wine key for Botter’s prosecco (as the bound, regular cork indicates). Why? Because this is what the Italians call frizzante. It is not an Italian spumante, which is fully sparkling. This frizzante (lightly sparkling) gets its … Continue reading →