White Wine

Prosecco Vs. Champagne

Both Porsecco and Champagne are well known, sparkling wines that are named in regard to the geographical areas in which they are made. The regulators of the wines get quite offended and testy if anyone outside of the area attempts to use these names in the manufacture of a similar wine. That, however is where these similarities end abruptly.

Champagne is totally French, and can only come from the Champagne region, located in France. Prosecco is totally Italian, and can only be made in the region of Veneto, in the hills of Treviso, in northeastern Italy.

There are only three grapes that can be used to make Champagne in any combination: Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay. The Italian grape Glera is the only grape used to make Prosecco.

Prosecco

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.

Riesling Wine Recommendations

Riesling wines are food-favoring, dynamic wines that continuously gain fans at the international level.  Within this one grape varietal, there is great expression and variety, which adds to this impressive white wine grape’s versatility and interest.

Zind-Humbrecht Riesling

The Classifications of Riesling Wine

German Riesling wine labels often have complicated words and lots of hard-to-decipher industry lingo. As a result, they often intimidate customers. But if you take some time to learn what the key words mean and about the major regions where Riesling is produced, you will be reading and understanding the labels before you know it.

First, the basic classification of quality is the table wine, called Tafelwein. The next wine up is a level 5 called “Qualittsweine mit Prdikat” (QmP). This is translated as Quality wine with attributes. The wine label featured above can be found in this classification. At a level 5, you will find the ripeness classification system. This will further describe who’s who in the German Riesling circle.

Next you need to know how ripeness is classified. This is determined by when the grape was picked. Essentially, it indicates what the grape sugar levels were at picking, not what it is in the final bottled wine.

Riesling Wine

The German Riesling wines come from the beautiful Rhein and Mosel river regions. This was where the well-known white grape became well established. The Riesling type of wine is quite flexible and can be made into light and easy going wines as well as full and fruity wines.

This variety of uses means that Riesling is one of the rising stars in the world of quality wines. It has become well known to many top restaurants and goes well with a whole range of different gourmet dishes. The lightness of its flavor is helping it become even more popular.

Chardonnay Wine Recommendations

Chardonnay is among the most well-loved and well known white wine varietals in today’s market.  Chardonnay has a very distinguished and long following and has an extremely versatile image.  Vintners offer a wide range of structures and styles.  From buttery, rich Chardonnays boasting presence and power to fruit-forward unoaked Chardonnays allowing varietal expression and character to be what is highlighted, this white wine is more than capable of accommodating numerous food pairing combinations and most palates.