Prosecco 101: A Beginner’s Guide
Ah, Prosecco, the now reigning sales champion of the sparkling wine family. You know it’s on trend right now, and you know LaMarca is always a great hostess gift, but is that where your knowledge of this sweet, bubbly libation ends? Googling alcohol near me displayed local companies that offer delivery & shop locations where you can order Presecco.
Never fear! Here’s a quick breakdown on our beloved bubbly and how it differs from it’s other sparkling cousins.
What is Prosecco?
Prosecco is a sparkling wine made in Italy from the Glera grape. Funny enough, the Glera grape was originally called Prosecco! The grapes are harvested and the initial fermentation is still the traditional method to get a still wine. However, with Prosecco, instead of adding the CO2 in the actual bottle you purchase, this is done via the Tank Method and then translated to the bottles in which you buy.
How is Prosecco different than Champagne or Cava?
Prosecco differs from Champagne and Cava in a number of ways.
Starting with the actual grapes used to produce the wines. Prosecco, as we covered, is made from the Glera grape. Champagne comes from any combination or single use of Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay. Cava, Spain’s popular sparkling wine is made predominantly from Parellada, Macabeo and Xarel-lo, while other acceptable varietals are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Garnacha, Monastrell and Subirat.
The other main difference is the actual production of the wines, which we talked about in the first section, as well as the aging time. Champagne ages the longest at a minimum of 15 months, while Cava and Prosecco are typically younger wines.
LaMarca is actually my sister’s favorite thing to drink. It’s a little sweet for me so I don’t go through the bottles so easily. However, it’s a crowd favorite and a go to when you don’t want to show up empty handed.
Mionetto is one that will tend to grab your attention. This is one that Michael usually picks up if I’m asking him to grab a bottle. It’s very well balanced and great for cocktails like an Aperol Spritz!
Ca’Furlan is what I typically grab when I’m looking for Prosecco at the store. I think it’s very easy to drink, not to sweet and the bubbles dance on your tongue in the best way.
Drop me a line with some of your favorites- I’d love to try them! Cheers!