Posted by: lisetta | September 19, 2008

Prosecco

Met a delightful couple at Tria for an Italian-speakers’ happy hour tonight. We sat outside as the weather turned autumnal, toasting a farewell to summer with a chilled flute of prosecco. Prosecco is a light and bubbly Italian white wine from Veneto (in the northeast corner of the country), typically consumed in social settings with an aperitivo. Ave Lambert, writing on the Into Wine blog, calls it “champagne’s sexy Italian cousin”. 

PROSECCO, BELE CASEL, NV (Veneto, Italy) 
Effervescent thirst quencher; sunny peach and nectarine flavors and a dry finish  $9½  gls

Moore Brothers, the Philly region’s most treasured wine retailer, sells this prosecco for $16 a bottle.  What I really like about Moore Brothers, apart from their efforts to highlight artisanal winemakers, is that you always walk out of the store knowing that you’ve acquired worthwhile experiences. For those of us with no aspirations to become wine savants, I really like that they do all the choosing for me … and that they offer accessibility across price ranges. Grazie, Greg Moore, for bringing Italy to my door. 

Check out the Moore Brothers’ website (this means you, Martin. If you come to Philly, we can stock your East Coast wine rack). Here’s what they write about the producers of the prosecco we drank tonight:

Bele Casel

Prosecco, long familiar to Venetians as this magical city’s aperitif and partner to antipasti, is now poured from Tokyo to Great Barrington. Prosecco (the name of the grape and the wine) is produced in the verdant Alpine foothills of the Veneto region a couple of hours north (by car) of Venice. Prosecco is typically an “Extra Dry” bubbly, whereas the prototype for Champagne fits into the even drier “Brut” category. Bele Casel Prosecco from artisan winemaker Danilo Ferraro (he’s on the left, with his wife and son in the photo) comes from the villages of Sacol and Santo Stefano in the heart of the heart of the Prosecco zone’s best vineyards, nestled within a tiny triangle just east of the town of Valdobbiadene. The steep slopes of this special area jut out in stark contrast to the gently rolling hills that quickly give way to flatlands encompassing the entire Prosecco zone. Danilo’s vineyards are pruned to near half of the zone’s norm. Though other grapes are allowed into Prosecco, essentially to broaden production, Danilo’s Bele Casel is the pure expression of 100% Prosecco grapes. In the vinification process, meticulous care and attention is given. A glass (use a nice white wine glass, not a tulip) offers a delicate bouquet suggesting melon and peach. In the mouth, it is crisp and dry, with a subtle streak of almond. Treat yourself. 

Text and photo grabbed from http://www.wineaccess.com/store/moorebrosde/winery.html?producer_id=117602

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