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Prosecco: Champagne’s Tasty Italian Cousin

Monday, 24 September 2012 | Tags: , , , ,

The Italian version of sparkling wine or France's champagne, Prosecco has become popular in recent years for its great taste, variety, and affordability. We put some brands to a taste test to see if we can choose a favourite.

THE BASICS

  • Prosecco is sparkling wine made from grapes grown exclusively in the Veneto region in Italy.

  • The grapes produce a medium to dry sparkling wine with a straw-yellow colour and greenish hue. Its fragrant bouquet includes golden apples, citrus fruits, fresh greens, lilac, and acacia flowers.

  • To produce Prosecco, the wine is fermented a second time and extra sugar and yeast are added to create the carbonation. The longer the fermentation process, the more and stronger the carbonation.

  • The bubbles of Prosecco come in two levels of strength, spumante (full sparkling) or frizzante (lightly sparkling), both of which are not quite as powerful as champagne’s bubbles.

  • The sweetness of Prosecco ranges from “brut” (least sweet), to extra dry, and dry (sweetest).

  • Prosecco quality classifications include:

    • Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG): the highest quality classification with the strictest government tasting procedures.

    • Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC): equivalent to the French AOC, includes the majorty of wine produced in Italy and governs restrictions on the use of grape varieties, yields, alcohol levels, aging, and processing techniques.

    • Indicazione Geograica Tipica (IGT): designates wines that don’t qualify for DOCG or DOC due to the use of grape varieties other than those specified under the wine guidelines.

TEST CRITERIA

We took four Proseccos, two spumante and two frizzante, to a club for a 100-person taste test. We asked each taster to rate the quality of bubbles and flavour, and also to pick a favourite. We tested:

  • Adami Vigneto Giardino Dry 2010: $38.95/750ml, DOCG, frizzante, dry

  • Mionetto Brut DOC Treviso: $19.99/750ml, DOC, spumante, brut

  • Anna Spinato: $6.45/200ml, frizzante, off dry

  • Valdo Di Valdobbiadene Marco Oro: $21/750ml, DOCG, spumante, extra dry

Taste Test

Our testers used these words to describe the different options.

Spumante

  • A: Mionetto: a little more aftertaste, not as sweet

  • B: Valdo: just the right amount of bubbly

Frizzante

  • C: Adami: I like the tiny bubbles, easy to drink, nice taste

  • D: Anna Spinato: fruitier, drier finish

OUR TOP PICK

While our testers were evenly split on whether they preferred spumante or frizzante, the top pick as far as taste went to the Adami Vigneto Giardino Dry 2010 with 36% of the vote. It is definitely a personal preference, however, so have fun finding one you like!

 

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