After our holiday party on Friday, and after drinking too much Champagne, I realized I truly prefer Prosecco over Champagne. The bubbly is necessary for some celebrations, but not the headache I get after drinking too much Champagne. Oddly, I don’t have the same reaction to drinking Prosecco. This has no relation to MM being Italian…
So what exactly is this sparkly Italian vino?
Prosecco is a variety of white grape grown in the Veneto region of Italy, and also gives its name to the sparkling wine made from the grape. The grape is grown in the Conegliano and Valdobbiadene wine-growing regions north of Treviso. It ripens late with leads to its dry sparkling (spumante) and semi-sparkling (frizzante) wines. Prosecco is served chilled like most whites and sparkling wines. It is typically a toasting beverage, but it also appears in several mixed drinks. It was the original main ingredient in the Bellini cocktail and in the Spritz cocktail , and it can also replace champagne in other cocktails such as the Mimosa .
Next Christmas, I’ll request Prosecco from our guests…but I’m certainly not complaining that they brought anything at all! And for you Champagne drinkers out there…Veuve Clicquot is apparently very good.