An Italian’s Guide to Prosecco Wine

Italian’s Guide to Prosecco

 

Ciao friends! Great news, and just in time for Prosecco Week—Our Candoni Prosecco has just been awarded a GOLD MEDAL from The Fifty Best, a digital guide to wine and spirits based in New York. We are so excited to receive one of the “Best Sparkling Wine” awards for 2021. Our family introduced our Italian sparkling wine to the U.S. in 2003, and we have loved seeing Prosecco become even more popular since then. 

 

Our family enjoys our Candoni Prosecco every day of the year, in any season, as well as any time we have a reason to celebrate. Caterina and I have traveled all over the world, tasting other types of wines, but when it comes to sparkling wine, Prosecco is the clear winner! Because it is such a fruity, fresh, and lively beverage, Prosecco can be enjoyed as part of daily life, and we find ourselves drinking it much more often than champagne, which so often is reserved for special occasions.  But don’t just take our word for it. Almost all other sparkling wines that were recognized in the Fifty Best tasting are also Proseccos!

 

Because National Prosecco Week is this week, July 19-25 (the third full week of July) we wanted to share a few fun facts about our famous Italian sparkling wine and answer any questions you may have. And in case you haven’t heard, our NEW Candoni Prosecco Rosè will be available soon!

 

 

What is Prosecco?

 

 

Candoni Prosecco

 

Prosecco is Italy’s famous sparkling wine. A beverage we enjoy on a daily basis, Prosecco is great on its own as an accompaniment to friendly conversation, celebrating a toast, or even mixed with juices to create the perfect mimosa!

 

What does Prosecco Mean?

Prosecco wine is made from Glera grapes, and much like it’s French sister, Champagne, Prosecco is named after a village in Italy where the wine was originally produced. 

 

When is National Prosecco Day?

National Prosecco day in the U.S. is August 13th. The most-sold sparkling wine in the country, it’s the perfect way to take advantage of the last days of summer and let loose. 

 

What does Prosecco Taste Like?

A flowery aroma, delicate and fruity taste, and hint of honey are trademarks of Prosecco. Crisp, clean, and well-balanced, the perfect Prosecco is easy to drink and provides a lingering freshness that makes it distinct from other sparkling wines. This easy sparkling wine is part of daily life in Italy, and we wouldn’t have it any other way!

 

Is Prosecco Sweet?

The level of sweetness in a Prosecco does depend on the amount of sugar it contains, but it isn’t quite as straightforward as you might think. While in America it’s common to associate dry wines with something that is not sweet, Prosecco is the opposite. “Brut” Prosecco is actually quite dry while “Dry” Prosecco is medium sweet, and “Extra Dry” Prosecco is in between, with 12-17 grams of sugar per litre. 

 

Prosecco sweetness levels are as follows: 

Brut Nature- Bone Dry (0-3 grams/litre of residual sugar)

Extra Brut- Very Dry (0-6 grams/litre of residual sugar)

Brut- Dry (0-12 grams/litre of residual sugar)

Extra Dry- Medium Dry (12-17 grams/litre of residual sugar) 

Dry- Medium Sweet (17-32 grams/litre of residual sugar)

Demi Sec- Sweet (32-50 grams/litre of residual sugar)

Dolce- Very Sweet (50+ grams/litre of residual sugar)

 

Is Prosecco Sparkling Wine?

Prosecco is most popularly known as a sparkling wine, but fun fact: it isn’t always! Prosecco can be bottled at three different levels of bubbly: “spumante” meaning the most bubbly, “frizzante” being the second most bubbly, and “tranquillo” meaning completely still, like a traditional white wine. 

 

Try our New Prosecco Rosé!

 

Candoni Prosecco Rose'

 

Looking for a sweet sparkling wine? Try our family’s  new Candoni Prosecco Rosé Extra Dry! This sweet wine is light pink in color with flavors of apple, peach, strawberry, and raspberry, bringing a pleasant, persistent aftertaste of both fruit and floral for a delicate flavor experience. The Prosecco Rosè is labeled with a D.O.C. appellation, which is an Italian quality assurance designation that guarantees each bottle comes from the specific geographic region where Prosecco is produced, and that it was created following the specific standards and practices for making Prosecco. This wine pairs great with Italian appetizers, seafood, spicy foods, and even potato chips! Versatile and delicious, it can accompany virtually any cuisine. 

 

Choose Prosecco for Your Next Celebration

There is a reason Prosecco is a popular choice for celebrations in the U.S. Cheaper per bottle than Champagne with a sweeter taste and fruity aroma that appeals to a wider variety of people, Prosecco is the ultimate people-pleaser. 

 

How to Drink Prosecco?

Using a transparent tulip glass to drink Prosecco will allow you to enjoy the complete sparkling wine experience. That’s because the large bulb allows for the wine’s floral aromas to collect at the top. Another way to properly drink Prosecco has to do with how it is poured. Prosecco is best poured with the glass tiled at a 45 degree angle. Why? This will prevent bubble overflow, which will keep you from wasting any of that precious fizz. It’s also important to take your time filling up the glass. 

 

Can you use Prosecco for Mimosas?

While most people are familiar with the use of Prosecco for Bellini cocktails, this sparkling wine is actually great in Mimosas as well. In fact, many argue that Prosecco was actually the first wine to be incorporated into the orange juice concoction and not Champagne. 

 

What to Mix with Prosecco?

Sweeter than Champagne, Prosecco pairs great with sweet and salty appetizers or spicy Asian dishes. It also makes for fantastic cocktails with fruity features such as raspberry, passion fruit, and apple. For the perfect fizzy punch, mix two parts fruit juice with one part Prosecco.

 

 

Where to Buy Prosecco

If you take anything from our family’s guide about this beautiful Italian sparkling wine, it should be that Prosecco is meant to be enjoyed. We’ve yet to find a person who couldn’t be cheered by a few sips of bubbly, fruity, sparkling white wine. If you’re looking for a place to buy Prosecco, look into our Candoni De Zan Family Prosecco Extra Dry and Prosecco Rosé Extra Dry, both popular wines that have recently been given a new packaging upgrade to better reflect the brand’s heritage and cater to a more contemporary following. 

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      Whatever Prosecco you decide to purchase, we hope our guide helped you learn more about the origins of this bubbly and how to best serve it and enjoy it. Follow us on social media for more tips and insights into the wonderful world of wine, and download our ebook to delve into our family’s classic recipes, wine and food pairings, and so much more! 

       


      Cheers!

       

      -Barbara

       

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