I love prosecco.
I love it in the morning with a dash of OJ (for colour), as an afternoon palette cleanser, or a toast before dinner.
Prosecco turns any event into a celebration.
I am in great company. More than 355 million bottles were sold worldwide in 2015 and the demand is still growing.
We got the chance to tour one of the prettiest wineries in the region in late September. And the prosecco was the lure.
Pitars is a fourth generation producer in San Martino al Tagliamento, about 90 minutes north of Venice.
The staff was setting up for a wedding the day we visited. This place is so gorgeous, such a perfectly romantic setting, it almost made me want to convince my husband to renew our vows. Almost. We opted instead for a few toasts – mostly counting our lucky stars to be there.
After the tour, hospitality director Valentino Florian led us through a tasting of half a dozen wines. Plan to spend some time. They have 20 wines, each worth sampling. White grapes rule the region. Most of fields in the area are planted with Glera grapes and used for prosecco. I loved its aromatic flavour and bubbles that tingled on the way down. I especially loved their sparkling Ribolla Giallo – a white grape gaining popularity in Canada.
Pitars produces eight whites and four reds. Their portfolio includes a Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Naos, a knockout red blend. My cousin Lindo claims the only good wines in the world are produced in this region.
He shrugged his shoulders “I suppose I will give you Tuscany,” Lindo said .
Finally, the price. A bottle of award-winning prosecco was SIX EUROS. Even with a generous exchange, that’s $9 CDN. A prosecco of this quality in Canada sells for more than twice the price.
As we were leaving, my husband tried to persuade me to take home a dozen bottles, until I reminded him he was the one who challenged me to do carry on only.
That’ll teach him.
If you find Pitars on the shelves, try it first…then let me know!
Bonus Cocktail discovery:
Italian Lemonade uncovered at a Bistro in Canmore Alberta – Amounts vary to taste but I used:
1 cup of Limoncello from the freezer
Juice from 2 lemons
1/2 bottle of Prosecco
1-2 teaspoons of sugar (optional and to taste)
Top with sparkling water.