Fascinating appeal of Prosecco Superiore

Dwight Casimere | 3/19/2014, 12:09 p.m.
The Italian sparkling wine Prosecco is quickly gaining popularity. It's light, fruity and versatile taste and easy price-point make it ...

With its distinctive bottling, Astoria Vini's Prosecco Millesimato ($24) is made entirely from the Prosseco gfape (Glera). Astoria Vini is a family owned company which is run by the 3rd generation family member Giorgio Polegato, who oversees every aspect of the winemaking process. Hand harvested from hillside vineyards 500 feet above sea level, the wine is culled from vines that are at least 12 years old. Only the free run juice is used at fermentation. Cold fermentation and aging in stainless steel tanks preserves the delicate floral notes and elegant balance. Rated 91 points by the Wine Enthusiast, this is at the top of the quality scale for Prosecco and at a fraction of the price of a French champagne of the same quality. Outstanding on its own, this is also a sparkler that can carry you through the meal, from cold jumbo shrimp in a Remoulade sauce to Lobster Souffle or Dover Sole pan auteed in brown butter, lemon and parsley. Finish with a Zabaione made with a dash of Marsala and you have a meal made in heaven.

It’s always good to have a reliable "standby" wine at any party that everyone will like and that is readily available at your local wine shop should you have to run out for more in a pinch. Mionetto always fits the bill on that count and delivers a terrific tasting sparkling wine at a great price that is also a real crowd pleaser. At just $16, this Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG exemplifies all that this region is about. A lovely summer straw color with a distinctive nose of white flowers and flavors of white peaches and golden delicious apples, this is an elegant sparkler that is perfect for an aperitif of with soft cheeses or risottos. From the heart of the Veneto, the distinctive black bottle and sophisticated; labeling make it a nice centerpiece for your first al fresco buffet table for spring!