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Snooth User: Stephen Harvey

Prosecco

Posted by Stephen Harvey, Aug 18, 2010.

Probably driven by our large contingent of Italian Migrants living in Adelaide, we are seeing a significant increase in the Italian Sparkling Dry White - Prosecco

I have found it a rather refreshing change from the Local and French Bubbles mainly available here.

Does anyone have a view on Prosecco and any really good ones worth keeping an eye out for

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Reply by dmcker, Aug 18, 2010.

Just have a plentiful supply of fresh peach juice on hand, and a whole range of proseccos can work... ;-)

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Reply by Stephen Harvey, Aug 18, 2010.

Yeah, tried that in Monterosso, in one of the bars in the square

Great drink to start the session

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Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Aug 18, 2010.

It is my sparking wine of choice. I love a bone dry frixxante Prosecoo, though they are tough to come by even here in NYC. Some of the Cartizze wines are super, but a bit too pricy, so I generally limit myself to the best of the rest, Frozza, Col Vetoraz, Bisson, Bisol, Ruggeri.

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Reply by dmcker, Aug 18, 2010.

Wow, Greg, you're really saying you like it better than any Champagne?

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Reply by dmcker, Aug 18, 2010.

Posited a different way, what Prosecco can match a properly aged Cuvee Winston Churchill?

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Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Aug 18, 2010.

Well first off it's frizzante I am a fan of.

Now do I think Champagne is a finer wine, more complex, moreinteresting - yes of course.

But is that what I usually want in a sparkling wine, no.

I want to be refreshed at Brunch, I want to share bubbles with friends and not think about whether or not they're gonna "get" that type of Champagne, and frankly I know a lot of people who would not and who prefer a bottle of  Prosecco.

And in all honesty I don't want to spend that much on a wine that is frequntly my aperif.

Which makes Prosecco my sparkling wine of choice!

 

 

 

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Reply by zufrieden, Aug 18, 2010.

An excellent summary of the attractions of Prosecco, Greg.

 The whole point of this Venetian nightcap is fun, fun fun - without the seriousness that generally follows in the wake of the better Champagnes.  I completely concur: head to head, Champagne wins every time, but for something everyone can love and afford, it is Prosecco.  And there are very fine examples of this Italian bubbly - all at good prices for the average imbiber.

To the Australian-Italians, I say bring in Carpene Malvolti; there is good supply and the wine evokes the Adriatic like no other.  But if this brings disagreement, let a hundred schools contend.

Cheers.

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Reply by zufrieden, Aug 18, 2010.

Just a second bit of comment here for my friend D.  No, Winston would win hands down over any Prosecco that has passed my lips, but then that does not weaken the argument already presented.  Porsecco is just, well, kinda fun...

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Reply by Stephen Harvey, Aug 18, 2010.

Its a bit like the difference between Italians and French generally,  the French take everything seriously, Italians only take Soccer [Football for the non-Australians] and Luxury Cars seriously, everything else is about having fun and relaxing - not a bad way to be

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Reply by zufrieden, Aug 18, 2010.

Exactly.  It is easy to love the Italian way - as long as you have the same capacity for up-and-down emotive living.  I am of North European descent, but try to live the Mediterranean way.

 

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Reply by carmenluna, Aug 19, 2010.

Prosecco... It is my 'Ombrette' of choice. 

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Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Aug 19, 2010.

Indeed - Prosecco is just kind of extract of fun!

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Reply by amour, Aug 19, 2010.

Do I need to say it again ???....it's on my very profile...I honestly do not have a palate for PROSECCO , nor do I have one for any kind of WHISKY!!!!

I am open to trying again.....as I said, many of my friends can afford Champagne but chose to have PROSECCO!!!...THEY LOVE THE THING!!!

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Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Aug 19, 2010.

Ha!

A chaque un a son gout

The beauty of wine.

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Reply by dmcker, Aug 19, 2010.

Yes, Greg, to each his or her own.

Not that we couldn't have a lengthy discussion just on that subject....

Any other specific labels you can recommend?

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Reply by Peppino, Aug 19, 2010.

I think Greg covered many of the better one's I've tried.  If they're not available, I look for one from Valdobbiadene (sp?) which I believe was recently elevated to DOC or DOCG.  Not sure if that ultiamtely means much though.

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Reply by StevenBabb, Aug 20, 2010.

peppino... col de' salici di valdobbiadene makes a great rose prosecco... i've been enjoying quite a bit of it lately... : )

it's fun, a great hue to it, and refreshing with just a touch of sweetness...

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Reply by Peppino, Aug 20, 2010.

thanks for the heads up... I need to try it if I can find it

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Reply by StevenBabb, Aug 20, 2010.

any chance you're in san francisco?

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Reply by Peppino, Aug 20, 2010.

Steven - I'm in nyc but San Fran is my second favorite American city.. now that I think about it I have had rose prosecco a few times..bit of a brain fart on my part.. don't recall the producer but was btg in a few restaraunts..same as champagne when it's an option I opt for rose

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