It’s time to kick off National Prosecco Week (July 17-23)!
Prosecco has been my drink of choice for many years – well before it became trendy. While I enjoy most types of sparkling wine – Champagne, Cava and more – I love the light, slightly sweet and delicate flavor of Prosecco and it tends to go with just about any meal.
But you may wonder, what’s the difference between the bubblies? In many cases, Prosecco is less expensive than Champagne and many American sparkling wines. But the differences extend beyond their cost.
Champagne hails from the Champagne region of France and it can only be labeled as Champagne if it’s from that region. It is also more time intensive to produce, and therefore, is often more expensive than other sparkling wines. Prosecco is from Italy – primarily from Veneto, Italy – and is made from the Glera grape using a more affordable method to produce. This makes it less expensive for the end consumer, but lucky for us, it’s just as delicious! Learn more about the difference between bubblies here.
As for brands…I’ve yet to try a bad Prosecco, but my go-to brand is La Marca Prosecco – and I like both the standard and rosé varieties. Whether you opt for La Marca or another brand, Prosecco is also a great base for fun and flavorful cocktails, like mimosas, Bellinis, a lemon spritz and more.
If you’ve never had Prosecco, what are you waiting for?