Tuesday, September 20, 2016

What I learned on the First "National Prosecco Day"

Yes there is a day to celebrate everything!  On Saturday, August 13 we celebrated Prosecco with the first National Prosecco Day.  I thought it was fitting to  celebrate at the pool with a bottle of Riondo Prosecco Spago Nero.

One of the things I loved was this small bottle (187ml).  Made it very easy to twist off the cap, consume and enjoy in 100 degree heat and I didn't have to share. Not to mention it was the perfect fit for my cooler.

Refreshing it was and I was immediately hit with flavors of apple, pear a kiss sweetness and just enough frizzante to put a smile on my face. After all, I was the only one at the pool with a bottle of bubbles. 

The small (187ml) bottle retails for $6.99 and the regular size bottle retails for $14.

What else did I learn about Prosecco.....
  • Riondo Prosecco founded National Prosecco Day this year (2016)
  • It can only be produced in the Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia regions of Italy
  • It is made with 85% Glera grape. Other grapes used for the 15% are Verdiso, Bianchetta Trevigiana, Perera, Glera Lunga, Chardonnay, Pinot Bianco and Pinot Grigio
  • In 2009 to stop imitators from using the Prosecco designation the Italian government officially changed the name of the grape from Prosecco to Glera
  • Versions of Prosecco can be made Sparkling (Spumante) Semi-Sparkling (Frizzante) and still (Tranquillo)
  • There is a range of sweetness to Prosecco with Brut being the driest and Demi-Sec the sweetest
  • Prosecco should be enjoyed young and fresh



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