As of today’s date I have tried at least (I say at least because occasionally my records get a little fuzzy!) twenty three different producers of Prosecco. While I have a couple of strong favorites the one we seem to go on a regular basis is Zardetto Prosecco di Conegliano Brut. This is a non-vintage, spumante style Prosecco. It is made from 100% Prosecco grapes. It is very widely available (they produce 900,000 bottles annually) and you can pick it up for $9-11 a bottle.
It’s light, clean and crisp, with flavors of apple, pear and citrus. Has a little bit of mineral on the end with nice, but not overbearing acidity. Its around 11% alcohol so it’s a great aperitif and it also goes wonderfully with a wide range of foods. A solid 88+ points in my book. This is not a ‘deep’ wine, but sometimes you just want to drink and not get all wrapped up in the wine, and this certainly fits the bill. We’ve been drinking this for years and it is consistently good and priced at a point where you don’t have to keep it for special occasions. Try some and let me know.
As a note stay away from Zardetto Prosecco “Zeta.” It’s roughly twice the price and not noticeably better.