Prosecco offers intriguing value in sparkling wine market

Long a favored aperitif in Italy, prosecco has caught on in the U.S. in a pretty big way. This is mostly good, as it gives consumers an inexpensive sparkling wine option. It also has helped to pry more people’s minds and mouths open when it comes to Italian wines in general.

Made in the Veneto region, the majority of prosecco comes from Conegliano and Valdobbiadene north of Treviso. The area encompassing these two towns is now called Prosecco Superiore, and it was awarded DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita) status with the 2009 vintage. Prosecco has two designated crus — Cartizze, long recognized as a top terroir, and the more recently distinguished Il Rive.

The grape now called glera was once known as prosecco, and the wine must account for at least 85 percent of it. The other 15 percent can be made from verdiso, bianchetta, perera and glera lunga, and in some cases pinot noir and chardonnay. Prosecco can be frizzante, a slightly effervescent version, or full-throttle spumante. On occasion, it is made into a still wine….

 

Prosecco offers intriguing value in sparkling wine market | Pamela S. Busch via @sfexaminer http://ow.ly/fVHGr

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