Friday, December 18, 2009


I wine I have truly missed around here and glad it’s back is the Zardetto Brut Conegliano NV, an incredible value in Italian Prosecco. Often a bit misunderstood, Prosecco is actually a grape variety used to produce sparkling wines in the Veneto region of Italy. Prosecco tends to be a bit more vibrant and much more exuberant in its fruitiness than Chardonnay, and the resulting sparkler is a real extrovert.

I have always felt that the Zardetto Prosecco Brut is far and away one of the best values in Prosecco, and certainly one of the best in quality as well. Produced entirely from Prosecco (some Proseccos do use Chardonnay or other grapes as a minor blender) and fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks, there is only zesty, vibrant peach, Clementine, and tropical fruit aromas and flavors. It would lend itself well as an aperitif, but would also be a great accompaniment to seafood and poultry dishes as well. If you want to try a great Prosecco and not spend a lot of money, look no further.

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