Happy Aloha Friday! And, Happy National Prosecco Day and we are ready to start popping bottles this morning as it is never too early to begin the bubbly celebration! From the rolling hillsides of Italy’s Veneto region, Prosecco DOC, and premium Prosecco Superiore DOCG is a fresh, lively, highly approachable sparkling wine that is easy for any bubbly lover to enjoy. Produced in the Charmat method, a classic Italian expression with the second fermentation to create the bubbles occurring in stainless steel tanks these bubbles are intended to be enjoyed shortly after release, in their youth.
UNESCO World Heritage Site Conegliano-Valdobbiadene, and Asolo produce the premium Prosecco Superiore DOCG. The rolling hillsides of Conegliano-Valdobbiadene in the foothills of the Prealps, with very steep, rocky slopes, create dozens of different microclimates. These environmental influences give the crisp and lively sparkling wines of the region texture and interest.
A favorite of the region, Sommariva Prosecco Superiore DOCG Brut ($20) opens with apple blossoms and honeysuckle, followed by layers of ripe green apple and melon with a delicate, elegance that begins with the aroma and is carried through to the lengthy finish on the end.
Founded in 1919 in Valdobbiadene, Nino Franco shines as one of the area’s most exceptional and historic producers. Nino Franco “Rustico” Prosecco DOCG ($20) is zesty and bright, opening with honeysuckle and lemon blossom, leading to layers of pear, honeydew, and apple, with a light creaminess on the finish.
Fragrant and fresh, layering white flowers and honeysuckle with lemon pie, apple, and pear notes, Adami Bosco di Gica Prosecco Superiore DOCG ($22) is rich and creamy, delivering a balanced, textured sparkler.
Just last year the governing body for Prosecco DOC authorized the creation of a Rose sparkler to carry the DOC designation, yet the number of producers crafting a DOC Rose sparkler remains quite limited…but we are sure to see this grow over the coming years. One that has jumped out of the gate early is Guinigi from August Sebastiani and his Three Badge Beverage Group. Honoring the Sonoma-based producer’s Italian heritage, Guinigi Prosecco Rose DOC ($17) blends the traditional white grape of Prosecco, Glera, with Pinot Noir to create a juicy, fresh, and lively sparkler filled with layers of red berries and ripe citrus.