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PROSECCO

Ragtime pianist Jelly Roll Morton once described jazz (and perhaps some of its milieu) as ‘soft, sweet, plenty rhythm’. Well… a top Prosecco is all of this and more; it’s a sparkling Latin amourette with a deliciously voluptuous body, a sensuously sweet peach palate and a coquettish melt-in-the-mouth mousse.

The Prosecco grape changed its name officially to Glera grapes in 2009, though we won’t go into the capriciousness of Italian wine law - and is grown chiefly in the Veneto region of north east Italy, although the legally designated area centres on Conegliano and Valdobbiadene (try saying that while your mouth's full of sensuous peach). Demand for extra dry Prosecco Sparkling Wine is quite insatiable and any estimate of the scale of its production would swiftly become obsolete. Suffice it to say that a fulsome fizz fandango awaits you whether your cork gets popped by our evergreen Prosecco Ca'Rosa or by one of our richer and more profound vintages.

The Top 6 Prosecco Facts:

What is Prosecco?
A sparkling wine from the northeast of Italy made from the Glera grape.

Where is Prosecco from?
In nine provinces across much of the north east of Italy, most notably in the Veneto and Friuli regions. The heartland is between the two towns of Valdobbiadene and Conegliano (you thought the French towns were hard to pronounce.) This is where most premium Prosecco is grown, labelled Prosecco Conegliano Valdobbiadene Superiore DOCG.

How is Prosecco made?
Made using the ‘tank method’ or ‘Charmant method’, the second fermentation does not take place in the bottle as it does for Champagne, which is made in the traditional method. Instead, it occurs in a large pressurised tank. The absence of significant interaction with lees in the tanks means the wine is more light and fruity; arguably less complex but a style that many actually prefer to Champagne.

What does Prosecco taste like?
Typically light in body, very fresh and with high acidity; Prosecco will be much more fresh fruit dominant than either Champagne or Cava due to the less significant lees contact. These flavours will typically be expressed as green apple, pear, lemon, melon, honeysuckle and white blossoms.

What food does Prosecco pair with?
Given that it tends to have an off-dry palate, it works wonderfully with Asian dishes such as Chow Mein and Pad Thai. It can also hold up well to charcuterie.

What are good alternatives to Prosecco?
French Cremants from Burgundy, the Loire and Limoux can offer exceptional quality for sparkling wines at a price much closer to Prosecco than Champagne.

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  1. Prosecco Ca'Rosa Sparkling Wine

    Prosecco Ca'Rosa

    £11.00

    £11.00

    A fabulously fun and fruity off-dry number, this classic Italian fizz has become adored by Latin lovers for its soft mousse, or bubbles. It offers a delightfully fruity nose, followed by flavours of apricot and soft peach, with a refreshing yet gloriously flavourful finish.

    Less 'flinty' than cava or many Champagnes, this makes for a gorgeous celebratory tipple or aperitif in its own right.

  2. Prosecco Quadri Extra Dry NV

    Prosecco Quadri Extra Dry NV

    £9.50

    £9.50

    Carlo decided that for their anniversary this year he would buy his sweetheart something truly special. Having heard that age-old saying 'diamonds are a girls best friend' he set about finding the greatest, most sparkling diamond Italy had to offer; no price was too high nor effort too great. He searched far and wide but, try as he might, he simply could not find a jewel that would be good enough to present to his leading lady. He would have to think of something else.

    "If I cannot find a diamond for my love," he thought, "I will make one instead." And so began his journey in crafting a wine so sparkling and dazzling that it would seem as though it were glinting with a thousand of the precious stones. Not only did the wine look spectacular but it's crisp, refreshing palate of peach, apricot and pear flavours not only made it an instant success for his gift, but soon became the star of his range.

    And you'll never guess what he called it... "Quadri" (Diamonds!)

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