In the Veneto region of Italy, in the boot near the northeast, you will find the renowned sparkling wine produced in Prosecco, Italy. The fine white grape from which the wine is made is also named after its namesake city of Prosecco. This wine, economical and versatile, is an amazing value. The principal towns producing Prosecco are Conegliano and Valdobbiadene, as you will see on the label of the bottles.

If you throw down $10, you will be able to find a Prosecco that possesses tempting aromatics, subtle fruit with an abundance of bubbles (spumante) or just light bubbles (frizzante). Usually, this wine is on the dry to off-dry end of the spectrum in taste.

For $15 – $20, you open up the entire experience that Prosecco can give to you. You can own a wine with even more fruit, lots of high power aromatics and greater balance. As you taste Prosecco, you can be sure there will be ripe assorted pear, apple with a little citrus and a pinch of nutty almond flavoring.

Because of the method of production used to create Prosecco, it should be consumed as quickly as possible rather than being put in storage for later. The best of the sparkling wines, Champagne, is a rich blend of several different vintages of wine. To be the best, Champagne is always aged at least one and a half years and usually more. As it ages, it increases in richness, ageability and complexity.

Prosecco is fermented using a much faster method known as the Charmat. The fermentation is done in large tanks (usually made of glass) and, as a result, the final product is much less expensive. There is no aging with Prosecco. Usually only about 1% of Prosecco is made using the Champagne process.  Particularly matched to this method of producing large amounts of wine, the Charmat process produces a sparkling wine that is especially fresh.

Mionetto Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Frizzante

Even the makers of Prosecco admit that their wine should be consumed when it is young. One popular use for Prosecco is as the fashionable Bellini cocktail which is made traditionally with peach puree and Prosecco. Prosecco is truly a guest-friendly, value-conscious, easy-going and food-friendly white wine. It will be hard to find a better Italian sparkling wine than Prosecco. Always make sure this wine is well-chilled when served.

Food Pairing Options:

There are so many foods that go great with Prosecco. For example, why not try creamy sauces, stuffed mushrooms, almonds, fried foods, seafood, potato chips, spicy Asian entrees or buttered popcorn, all of whom pair very well with this sparkling wine. Since it is so food-friendly, it can be very forgiving.

Some Prosecco to try:

La Marca Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Extra Dry

One of the very best aromatics among these wines, this one tastes the fruitiest and has strong notes of citrus and melon.

Mionetto Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Frizzante

This wine, always made Frizzante-style (a lower amount of sparkling than the other wines), is a traditional Prosecco. Bottled by Mionetto, a manufacturer of several types of wine, is bright, clean and a little bit fruity, along with possessing nice notes of melon and pear.

Nino Franco Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Rustico

This is a very bright, clean, light bodied and very dry version of Prosecco. It truly is a glass of pure elegance. It is the closest wine to Champagne that can be found with Prosecco at this price point.

Enrico Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Brut

This wine is named Enrico after its American importer, Enrico Martellozzo, even though it is actually created by the very well-appreciated Bellussi Estate. It is a light, mostly delicate wine that has a beautiful persistence and a nice, dry finish. It is an extremely good value.

Cavit Lunetta

Although this refreshing, crisp Prosecco is created by a producer who is better known for creating large amounts of basic Grigio, it is a very good buy. Made from hand-harvested grapes, in the Trentino region of Italy, it is unforgettable.

Le Colture Cartizze

This wine is part of a small quantity of Prosecco that is made in the celebrated Cartizze zone of Prosecco-Valdobbiadene. However, very few people outside Italy are aware that this even happens. Well-balanced and having a great deal of energetic fruit along with a long, minerally finish, this wine will please you.

You will also be able to find Proseccos from Drusian, Col Vetoraze and Zardetto that are really good, too.