Champagne is a delicious alcoholic drink from France, loved by a lot of people because of its unique taste and bubbles. But for some people champagne is too expensive. If you still would like to drink regularly a glass of bubbly, then Prosecco is a good and affordable alternative.
Prosecco comes from an area about 50 km to the north of the Italian city of Venice in the Veneto region. Originally Prosecco is a grape variety, but the term is often used to indicate the type of wine. The Prosecco wine is made from this Prosecco grape, using the special Charmat method and contains around 10% alcohol.
With the Charmat method, the second fermentation is not in the bottle, like champagne, but, after adding yeast and sugar, in a closed, pressure resistant stainless steel tank. In this way, the bottles don't have to be rotated a quarter turn, which is the case for champagne.
How and when to drink Prosecco
Like champagne, you can drink Prosecco at any time of the day. Prosecco is a perfect aperitif wine, which should be served chilled. The wine will stimulate the appetite, because of its gentle acidity and sparkling character. Prosecco is an ideal companion to appetizers such as pasta salad, white meat or smoked fish.
The wine is also used in cocktails and mixed drinks. Prosecco is the main ingredient of the Bellini- and Spritz Cocktail.
Use a flute glass, a small narrow wine glass, to drink Prosecco. A crystal glass is an excellent choice and make sure the glass is clean! Hold the glass at the foot, to prevent your hand warming the glass and the Prosecco.
Spumante and Frizzante
Prosecco wine is available in two variations: Spumante and Frizzante. The main difference between those two is the amount of bubbles in the wine. A Spumante has about the same amount of bubbles as champagne, while the Frizzante variation contains only half the amount of carbon dioxide. This is why Frizzante is softer and less fizzy.
Cheers! Or like they say in Italy: cin cin!
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