There’s a new report out that Prosecco has outsold Champagne worldwide. 307 million bottles to 304 Million. How can this be they will say? Champagne is liquid love! Impossible! Well, apparently it is true. No reason to cry about it, the good news is, if these five Proseccos are really that good? You just saved a bunch of money!
Here are some great buys in Prosecco.
NV Zardetto Brut ($14) Light and citrusy, made from 100 percent Glera, and very easy to find, Zardetto’s bottling is a fine introduction to what Prosecco’s all about. (The company also makes an equally good version using organically grown grapes.)
NV Caposaldo Prosecco ($15) Bright green apple flavors are the hallmark of this well-made sparkler. It uses grapes grown on the hillsides of Pieve di Soligo, a small commune tucked between the two most well-regarded Prosecco appellations, Conegliano and Valdobbiadene.
NV Sorelle Bronca Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Extra Dry ($18) A touch more sweetness than a brut bottling, but the crisp acidity perfectly balances it out; it comes from a small producer run by two sisters, Antonella and Ersiliana Bronca.
NV Carpenè Malvolti Prosecco di Conegliano-Valdobbiadene ($19) On the drier side, and from a winery that’s been around since the late 1800s. This would be an ideal dinner party pour.
2011 Nino Franco Primo Franco Prosecco Valdobbiadene Superiore ($30) This vintage bottling from one of Prosecco’s most respected producers has a creamy complexity and floral aromas that lift it above the usual run by quite a bit; it’s well worth the additional cost.
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