Prosecco is a white wine which can be traced back to Italy and makes for great Prosecco cocktails. It gets its name from the Italian village of Prosecco near Trieste, where the grapes were first known to be grown. The grapes that go into the making of this wine are usually Glera grapes. Other grape varieties such as Verdiso, Perera, Chardonnay and Pinot Bianco, among others, are also included along with the Glera grape variety. Prosecco is normally produced in three variants: spumante or sparkling wine, frizzante or semi-sparkling and tranquillo which is still wine, depending on the perlage. The sparkling variety is the most popular. The main commercial competitor in the market for Prosecco, is Champagne. However, unlike the latter, Prosecco uses stainless steel tanks for its secondary fermentation, which makes the wine less expensive to produce and therefore keeps the price down. About 150 million bottles of Italian Prosecco are produced every year.
In Italy, Prosecco is put to a variety of uses, but elsewhere in the world it is mainly used as an aperitif, in the same way as Champagne is, and is usually served chilled. Prosecco does not age very well after it has been bottled and therefore must be drunk as young as possible or within three years of its vintage. It has a relatively low alcohol percentage of about 11 or 12 and has intense primary aromas and flavors of apple, pear, white peach and apricot. Prosecco makes for some amazing cocktails. To make the Prosecco Royal, mix one part crème de cassis with a tablespoon of lemon juice and top up the glass with the wine. Fix a few blueberries onto a thyme sprig and gently lower into the glass, and serve. A cocktail idea invented by Sophie Dahl involves just filling a glass with Prosecco and sliding a tablespoon of rose syrup down the sides of the glass till it reaches the bottom. Another idea is to place a tablespoon of Kirsch and a cherry soaked in it at the bottom of a Champagne flute and fill the glass with three parts of Prosecco and one part Disaronno Amaretto.
The Cantina Colli Euganei I Fossili Prosecco Extra Dry is an extra dry wine with a very light and smooth acidity. It is an excellent choice for a toast or as an aperitif. Another great wine is the Villa Arfanta Peosecco Treviso Doc, which has been dubbed the Italian champagne for every occasion. This sparkling wine has a fruity look and taste and is a light yellow color. This fresh and light wine is well-balanced and has both floral and fruity aromas. Prosecco wines are wonderful to drink either by themselves or as part of Prosecco cocktails.