This fresh and crisp sparkling wine comes from the Veneto region of Northern Italy and is made by the Bernardi family estate in the village of Valdobbiadene to the west of Venice. Prosecco is made by the Charmat method whereby the second fermentation takes place in a pressurised tank that produces the bubbles. This process results in a light sparkling wine that has a creamy mousse and scents of apples and citrus fruits.
A pale straw-yellow with a hint of gold. On the palate lightly sparkling and fresh. Notes of pears and lemons are to the fore. Altogether a refreshing alternative to champagne. Essential in a Bellini cocktail (recipe below) or drink with chicken pilaf, Panettone Classico or a chunk of Parmesan cheese.
For the perfect Bellini: Puree 2 ripe peaches in a blender until smooth. Spoon the mixture into 2 chilled Champagne glass. Top up with Prosecco, ideally 1/3 puree to 2/3 Prosecco. Serve and enjoy!