Summer’s definitely the perfect time for something fun and light and it seems everyone is finding a way to add a little fizz to their wine. Over the last few years Prosecco sales have risen dramatically and it seems wine makers from around the world have taken notice. On a recent trip to my local LCBO I realized they actually devoted an entire row of sparkling wines and everyone from the Francis Ford Coppola winery in California to the Wolf Blass label in Australia are offering their versions of sparkling wines to get in on the action. There even seems to be a good selection of rosé sparkling wines.
In fact, in 2011 Prosecco sales rose 50% and this sparkling wine has done a great job in terms of value. When you look at the average cost of a half decent bottle of champagne coming in at around $70 and the fact you can get a nice bottle of Prosecco for under $15 which one would you choose if you were just looking for a fun drink for a sunny summer’s day?
Lovely to enjoy on its own Prosecco it’s also a great drink to serve with Hors d’oeuvres, antipasta, or seafood. I actually found one I really enjoy called Il Prosecco and it’s only $11.75. It reminds me of an old school pop bottle it doesn’t have your regular type of pop cork it but a cap. The bubbles are lively and it has medium-intensity citrus, pear and melon notes with a dry, light-body and crisp, refreshing taste.
So at this price I say “Bring on the Bubbly”