The best prosecco wine
I’ve always loved champagne, but it was one of those wines that was saved for special occasions only. Then one day a friend offered to bring prosecco to a party I was hosting and my world of sparkling wine opened and I have never looked back. Once I became a fan of prosecco, I started sampling different brands to find the ones that I liked the most. There are 4-5 wineries that produce the flavor profiles I look for in prosecco (very dry and notes of pear). It is such a food-friendly and guest-friendly sparkling white wine that I make it a point to always have prosecco in our wine cooler. Even if we are not entertaining, I have no qualms about opening a bottle to have with dinner because I also learned that with the correct sealer, sparkling wine keeps very well for several days after it has been opened. Have a great weekend!
1. Rustico – $15/bottle – Nino Franco’s Prosecco is absolutely delicious, the tasting notes are pear, apple, and white peach
2. Cupcake – $10-$12/bottle – Cupcake vineyards produce great wines and they source from authentic locations. Their sauvignon blanc (New Zealand) is one of my favorites. When they started bottling prosecco, I had to try it. This prosecco has tasting notes of white peach, grapefruit and honeydew melon.
3. Mionetto – $15/bottle – this prosecco is fruiter than the others on my list, so I usually pair it with my favorite prosciutto appetizer or use it as a base for French 75s.
4. Lunetta – $4/bottle – Lunetta (“Little moon” in Italian) is produced by Cavit, Italy’s largest manufacturer of sparkling wine. This prosecco is the most budget-friendly on my list. It is very dry and I like to serve this as a before dinner aperitif (Harry’s Wine in Fairfield, CT)
5. Prima Pearl – $12-$13/bottle – It is not included in the photo because I can only find it at Mo’s Wine and Spirits in Fairfield, CT and they were out of stock (which is unusual because they are always well-stocked).
My tip for chilling anything fast is to place the bottle directly on the tray of ice cubes or in the ice maker. Just don’t forget about it. I opened our freezer one morning to find a bottle of prosecco had exploded because I left it overnight.
For storing sparkling wine, I like Winco Champagne Bottle Stopper available via Amazon.