Saturday, December 6, 2014

Prosecco: The Leading Sparkling Beverage in the U.S. Debuts New Vintage for the Holidays

 Vineyard Photos: by Dwight Casimere
 Above: The Glera grape from which Prosecco sparkling wine is made

TREVISO, Italy--Holidays are perfect for Prosecco, the Italian sparkling wine that is taking the U.S. by storm. Made from the Glera grape, which dates back to Roman times, Prosecco is considered by many to be the budget-priced alternative to French Champagne. There are some refined Proseccos that carry vintage years and a heftier price tag, but those are the purvey of connoisseurs. Most of us will be experiencing the myriad varieties from dry to sweet and semi-sweet that are popping up like wildflowers in wine shops and on restaurant wine lists throughout New York and Chicago, thanks to the debut arrival of the new vintages by the United Wines of Veneto and the Consorzio Tutela Prosecco DOC. which sent its consortium presidents on a promotional tour of these two major cities where Prosecco is now king.  The ensuing posts are focused on the idea of wine and food pairings with Prosecco DOC, with input from the culinary teams of Eataly and Levy restaurants in New York and Chicago, where Prosecco DOC and the Wines of Veneto will be featured over the next few weeks.
 Glera grapes are planted on more than 50,000 acres in northeastern Italy

 Below are scenes of vineyards planted in the hills along the famed "Prosecco Road" between the towns of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene near Treviso, north of Venice

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