Pros for Prosecco

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Both have bubbles, but the resemblance between prosecco and Champagne really ends there.  Prosecco is fermented in pressurized tanks and sold young, without aging, and freshness is one of its main strengths—along with fruitiness and moderate pricing. Produced from the local Glera grape variety in northeastern Italy’s Veneto region, it’s a good go-to choice for casual after-work sipping. The following picks rise above the pack.

 

Sommariva, Prosecco di Conegliano  Valdobbiadene Superiore Brut, NV

Lively and bright, with a tangy crisp apple flavor, this wine is made from grapes grown in the hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene, the region’s highest quality zone. It’s quite juicy and flavorful, with peach and citrus undertones. This can provide a seamless match with lighter seafood dishes, particularly those with delicate creamy sauces. And the sleek designer bottle and label are added pluses.

($17, Ball Square Fine Wines, Somerville)

La Marca, Prosecco, NV

With a more delicate, peach-influenced aroma and flavor, this wine provides a bit more yeastiness and creaminess on the palate than you expect from prosecco. Also featuring ripe pear and nectarine notes, it offers a good partner for a shrimp or scallop salad.

($16, Martignetti Liquors, Boston)

Adriano Adami “Garbel” Prosecco di Treviso Brut, NV

A third-generation family enterprise, Adriano Adami produces prosecco exclusively from its own grapes. It is light and fresh, with a honey and pear fruit profile and lacy mild texture. The flavors are smooth, but firmly balanced with acid and an almond-like note on the finish. It’s very enjoyable with a salad Nicoise.

($16, Martignetti Liquors, Boston)

Zardetto, Prosecco di Treviso Brut, NV 

This medium-bodied prosecco includes fresh lemon and green apple flavors, but an appealing mineral complexity offsets the fruit flavors, with a delicate but persistent acidity that carries into a lengthy finish. This is an apt complement for a plate of fruit and cheese, but it is also dry and substantial enough to work with a cold antipasto or charcuterie.

($14, Marty’s Fine Wines, Newton)


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