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Prosecco - The Fresh Festive Fizz Is Here For Summer

Prosecco is the world’s most popular sparkling wines, but what is Prosecco, and what’s the best way to serve it and store it? Can you put it in a cocktail?

As the festive season approaches, it's time to think about the sparkling centerpiece that will add cheer to your gatherings.

What is Prosecco?

Prosecco is an Italian sparkling white wine, made using at least 85% Glera grapes. The most well-known Prosecco type is a fully-sparkling wine known as a Spumante.

Is Prosecco as good as Champagne?

For most people, Prosecco and Champagne are interchangeable. They are both delicious sparkling wines. Due to the grapes, both drinks have different flavour profiles. Champagne tends to have almond, white peach and citrus notes. Prosecco often has a fruity and floral profile. Ultimately, it’s down to personal taste and individual bottles.

How to choose a good bottle of Prosecco

The best buy is the one you enjoy and that is within your budget. However, if you are looking for a bit of guidance then you will be happy to know that the Italians have a system for classifying the quality of Prosecco. It’s based on how the grapes are grown, where they’re grown, and the production process. If you want to buy the great quality of Prosecco, look for DOC or DOCG on the label.

How to serve Prosecco

Temperature: Prosecco should be served chilled but not ice cold. The ideal temperature is around 6-7°C (around 41-44°F). You can generally hit the right temperature if you put the bottle in the fridge for at least a few hours before you plan to drink it. If it’s not cold enough, you’re better waiting. Adding an ice cube will kill the bubbles and the flavour.

Serving glasses: Traditionally Prosecco is best enjoyed out of a wine glass, this allows the aromas of the sparkling wine to breathe, enhancing the taste. Having said that the style of glass is totally up to your personal preference. To add a touch of elegance to the occasion we recommend a flute or coupette.

Which food to serve with Prosecco

Most Italians serve Prosecco as an aperitivo, a before-dinner drink which is a great choice because Prosecco pairs incredibly well with salty foods like cured meats and cheese. It's an all time favourite for brunches, fresh summer lunches and picnics.

Prosecco Cocktail Ideas

There is a Prosecco cocktail for every occasion! What about a Sbagliato at your garden party or a Prosecco Punch for a festive family get-together? And, of course, Prosecco is a great addition to any celebratory brunch – just whip up a batch of Mimosas or the classic Bellini.

Cheers to a sparkling Christmas filled with warmth, laughter, and the joy of good company!

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