Mmmm, Prosecco, the fresh, fruity, aromatic Italian fizz, could not be trendier, earning fame in nearly every country in the world. Much of its success is owed to its excellent value, versatility and informality. Prosecco is about family, life, love and celebrations – it’s a drink for “Life Lovers.”
For a wine to be labelled Prosecco the grapes must come from the region of Prosecco in northwest Italy. The Italian Charmat method used to produce Prosecco involves a second fermentation in steel tanks while Champagne and Cap Classique involve a second fermentation in the bottle. Easy to drink and easy on the pocket, Prosecco is made to be drunk fresh, unlike Champagne which usually improves with bottle maturation.
Prosecco is a great drink for casual sipping at any hour of the day, is perfect for parties and delicious mixed into cocktails like the world-famous Bellini served at Harry’s Bar in Venice. This does not diminish Prosecco as a wine, it just adds to its versatility. As a food wine it goes well with a wide range of dishes from fried calamari to a creamy pasta dish and can also be paired with desserts like fresh fruits or a lemon tart.
One of the more diet-friendly alcoholic drinks, a glass of Prosecco is only 80 calories, while a glass of wine contains about 220 calories.
SEE BELOW A SELECTION OF GORGEOUS PROSECCOS
VALDO ROSÉ BRUT FLORAL EDITION BRUT – An Exquisitely Packaged Delicious Dry Rosé
When spring is in the air, Valdo Floral Rosé blossoms. The exquisite floral design on the bottle is created by Fabrizio Sclavi, the eminent Italian fashion editor with a special passion for illustration, who has collaborated with icons like Ferrari, Giorgio Armani, Andy Warhol and photographer, Oliviero Toscani among others.
This is a standout bottle of Prosecco that’s fresh and lingering, as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside, a softly sparkling, strawberries and cream delight.
The enticing colour of pink rose petals with a tinge of watermelon, and aromas of raspberry and spring flowers lead to an enveloping fruitiness on the palate – a whirlwind of cherry and strawberry flavours – with a lovely tingle from the fine, lively mousse and a soft floral finish. An ideal aperitif and also delicious with melon and Parma ham and seafood.
Valdo Prosecco Rosé Brut Floral Edition Brut retails between R220 and R280 per bottle
VALDO PROSECCO DOC EXTRA DRY – A Light and Refreshing, Approachable and Fruity Sparkling Wine that Caters to Everyone’s Tastes
A welcoming fruity bouquet of ripe apples, pears, nuts, bread, biscuits and acacia flowers carries through to the palate which is decidedly fruity with a bright, refreshing and zesty finish.
A perfect aperitif, the Valdo Prosecco DOC Extra Dry is also an ideal partner to the most sophisticated cuisine, enhancing the flavours in heavier dishes like mussels in a creamy sauce as well as seafoods with more subtle flavours, like sushi.
Valdo Prosecco DOC Extra Dry NV retails for around R195 per bottle
VAL D’OCA KOSHER PROSECCO EXTRA DRY 2016 – Beautifully Packaged in a Striking Blue Bottle and Certified Kosher
A terrific vintage Prosecco in a gorgeous striking blue bottle. The production process follows strict Jewish procedures under the supervision of the Rabbi who certifies the final wine Kosher.
The Val D’Oca Kosher Prosecco Extra Dry has a fragrant floral bouquet, a magnificent soft mousse and crisp fresh apple, pear and lemon flavours with some biscuit notes and a refreshing lemony finish.
It is perfect as an aperitif and delicious with sushi, shellfish and carpaccio.
Val D’Oca Kosher Prosecco Extra Dry 2016 retails for around R230 per bottle.
THOMSON & SCOTT SKINNY PROSECCO BRUT NV – Low Calorie and Low Sugar and Certified Organic and Vegan
The Skinny Prosecco boasts just 67 calories per glass, and while this is a good 13 calories lower than average, the real gain is in the sugar content with only seven grams of sugar per litre, which is around half of regular Proseccos which contain between 12 and 15 grams per litre.
Fresh and light, the nose opens with fresh green fruit, acacia flowers and a hint of citrus. The palate is fresh and lively with apple and pear, zesty lemon and somewhat floral notes, finishing full and clean with lasting fruit.
It’s a party in a bottle! Naturally delicious pre-dinner, with seafood, with nibbles and with friends.
Thomson & Scott Skinny Prosecco Brut NV retails for around R270 per bottle.
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