Tiziano Prosecco Wine, DOC
The exotic fruit fragrance, fine persistent bubbles and balance in this lively sparkling wine is the result of handcrafted techniques used in tandem with ultra-modern winemaking. Enjoy as an aperitif or serve alongside light, contemporary cuisine.
Goes well with light summer cuisine, sushi and mild-Asian dishes. Pairing with oysters, scallops, shrimp and lobster is also a good choice. Serve chilled at 50°F.
Grape: Glera (Prosecco grapes)
Region: Veneto (hills north of Treviso, Italy)
Label: DOC Denominazione di Origine Controllata (controlled designation of origin)
More About Prosecco
Prosecco is the most famous of Italy’s sparkling wine exports, and with good reason! The bold, fruity flavor, combined with lots of bubbles, equals a wine enjoyed by just about everyone – no matter how sophisticated the palate. This light, sparkling wine originated in the Italian village of Prosecco, but is now made in the Veneto region of Italy. The Veneto area is found in the hills north of Treviso.
The Prosecco grape is celebrated for its green apple and lemon flavors, though it also features white peach, yeast and floral notes. Its bubbles have been described as “gentle.” The wine was traditionally made to cleanse the palate from afternoon espresso in preparation of dinner. As such, it is a popular mid-wine-tasting choice. This sparkling wine was also believed to clear the mind.
Enjoyed as a less expensive alternative to champagne, Prosecco sparkling wine is the main ingredient in the Bellini cocktail. Its low price resulted in a popularity surge in the late 1990s, and it has enjoyed continued success into the 21st century.
The Prosecco Grape
While this Italian sparkling wine was traditionally created from the Prosecco grape, today it is also derived from the Verdiso, Perera and Bianchetta grapes. Varietals made from the Prosecco grape are still considered the best.
Despite having a huge competitor in champagne, Prosecco sparkling wine is actually made using a different process – the Charmat method. This involves a secondary fermentation process in which the wine is placed in stainless steel tanks. Because production of Prosecco is a less expensive process, it tends to be more affordable than its competitors.
Around the World
While Italy is the mother country for this wine, it is now made in other nations around the world – including Brazil, Australia, Romania and Argentina. Some 150 million bottles of this enjoyable wine are produced annually.
Food Pairing and Prosecco-based Cocktails
This sparkling Italian wine goes best with “summer cuisine.” It works well with other light fare and seafood, including oysters, lobster, scallops and shrimp. Serve the wine by itself or in a variety of cocktails; it is best drunk when chilled at 50 degrees Fahrenheit. If mixing, combine with fruity flavors such as pomegranate liquor or classic Italian cocktail ingredients such as Campari. Processo is also popular as a Mimosa ingredient.
Enjoy experimenting with this Italian sparkling wine tonight!