Last week I wrote about the rise in popularity in moscato thanks to popular musicians. Because we don’t want to leave out its sparkling cousin, prosecco, I’m defining it here.
Prosecco is also an Italian sparkling wine, but unlike moscato which can be a little sweeter, prosecco is dry or extra dry. It’s the cheap alternative to Champagne, it’s lower price tag attributed to its secondary fermentation — done in stainless steel tanks instead of in the bottle. Because of this it should be drunk relatively quickly — like within three years after its release because it doesn’t age as well.
The sparkles in the wine can range from full bubbles to frizzante, a light spritz on the palate. Prosecco is made from the Glera grape and is a protected designation in Italy’s Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia regions.