This time of the year I am often asked what kind of wine should I pair with appetizers, a holiday meal, dessert or sometimes all of the above. This year I will answer any of these questions with the same response – Prosecco! Prosecco is a soft, off-dry and slightly fizzy wine. It has more fruit components and less crispness than champagne, making it a great partner with food. Its food versatility is vast and it might be easier to list what I would not pair it with. However, here are some of the things I will be using Prosecco with this holiday season – salty snacks, hors d’oeuvres, Mascarpone cheese, fried chicken (doesn’t fit the season but a personal favorite!), sushi, stuffed shrimp, ham, tiramisu and in sparkling alcoholic fruit punch.
Now that you’ve come this far the next question is, “which Prosecco?” May I recommend, Risata Prosecco? This Prosecco hails from the Treviso province in the Veneto region of North Eastern Italy, the presumed birthplace of Prosecco and tiramisu. Great care in producing this wine is taken from the hand harvesting of all the grapes to the soft pressing of the fruit and gentle fermentation process. The result is a wine with enticing peach & pear aromas. As these aromas linger they lead to delicious flavors of Pink Lady apples, citrus and more peach finishing with delicate yet persistent bubbles. Civilized Venetians consider this Prosecco an ombrette, or pick me up, and while we’re at it, it will also be my preferred wine of the holiday season.
Until next time – Cheers!
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