Wine of the Week: Contessa Prosecco Superiore DOCG -$18
Dwight Casimere | 1/10/2019, noon
Prosecco is America's favorite sparkling wine. For 2019, its popularity is expected to explode. A gift from northern Italy, Prosecco Superiore is the ultimate versatile beverage. Le Contesse Prosecco Superiore Brut DOCG ($18) is a sparkling wine from Conegliano Valdobbiadene, the birthplace of Prosecco. The grapes are 100% Glera, the original grape used in Prosecco, which is hand harvested. the grapes are then fermented under cold temperatures in controlled conditions to preserve their fresh fruit character. The resulting wine then spends a second fermentation in pressurized vats with selected years before being bottled, where it is allowed to further age in a temperature controlled setting before being released.
Process has a sooted history. It dates back to the time of the Romans when it is said that the wife of Augustus, Livia, loved to drink a sparkling wine called Pucino, which she believed aided her health and beauty. In 1868, Prosecco was officially discovered and declared as a sparkling wine, with production in Conigliano Valdobbiodene, where the method of fermentation in cold tanks was established. Production methods and regional standards were further refined to create the Prosecco we all know and love today.
Le Contesse ($18) is among the finest Proseccos to come out of the region. It is a regular winter at the Decanter Wine Awards and the International Wine and Spirits Competition. With its soft straw yellow color and fine bubbles, it is has elegance and finesse. Pair it with your favorite Thai or Indian dish. It also goes great with fish and light pasta dishes and assorted soft cheeses and salumi. This all-around versatile sparkler is perfect for entertaining. The Contessa is the guest of honor at any celebration!