I first tried prosecco about 20 years ago at a blind tasting of sparkling wines, which included vintage champagne, cava, prosecco and cremant de Loire. We had to identify them correctly and there was a prize to be won. I didn’t win – but I enjoyed myself! Back then prosecco was niche; for cheap fizz people bought cava or Asti. The market erupted a few years ago (I don’t know what the catalyst was – I like to think it was me on a ski trip to Italy persauding the group to celebrate the end of the trip with Prosecco and getting them all hammered on it…). Getting hammered on Prosecco is certainly fashionable right now; it’s the laddette’s choice on a Friday, whilst they wear a sweatshirt saying ‘Prosecco made me do it’. Larger venues even offer Prosecco on tap… (Scandalous? Not really, they do that in Italy…) Prosecco sales in the UK went up by 75% in 2014 alone; this year sales overtook champagne and 1 in 3 bottles of sparkling wine sold today will be Prosecco. But will this wine strip your teeth of enamel – with what has been dubbed this week as ‘Prosecco teeth’…?
Tasting notes: This is Tesco’s cheapest Prosecco offering. It’s produced by Maschio who are one of the market leaders. It’s OK prosecco for the money – but much better in an Aperol Spritz (3 parts sparkling water, 2 parts prosecco, 1 part Aperol, over ice) or a Hugo (in a tall glass add 1 glass prosecco, a glass and a half of sparkling water, 2 tbsp of elderflower syrup, 3 mint leaves, a few slices of lime and ice)
Region of Origin – Veneto
Wine Colour – White
Price – £6.75
Where do I get it from? – Tesco.
Current Vintage – 2016
Type of Closure – Natural Cork
Bottle size – 750ml
Grape – Garganego, Glera, Raboso
Country – Italy
Points – 80
Food Pairings: Would go well with pringles.