Updated: May 27, 2019
Prosecco is an Italian white wine named from Prosecco, Italy, where the grape and wine originated. A prosecco can be made spumante (sparkling), frizzante (semi-sparkling) or tranquillo (still). The wine was formerly made using Prosecco grapes, but the grape name changed to Glera and other grape varietals are allowed to be used in this wine production. With an allowance of up to 15%, these grape varietals are traditionally used to create Prosecco: Verdiso, Bianchetta Trevigiana, Perera, Glera lunga, Chardonnay, Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio and Pinot Noir.
As a general rule, Prosecco should be enjoyed young as it grows stale over time; unlike Champagne which ferments in the bottle. Most experts recommend drinking this wine within three years of its vintage. Some higher quality vintages can age for longer, but generally cap at 7-10 years.
Pour the Champagne and let its mousse rise, like thousands of sparkling smiling eyes.- Jared M. Brown
This is a wonderful wine on it's own, but has been used to make some amazing cocktails. Prosecco is often used as a much cheaper substitute for champagne. It stars as the main ingredient of the Bellini Cocktail as well as many others. Check out some recipes below to craft your perfect evening gathering or brunch!
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