Mionetto prosecco frequently pops up on lists of value bubblies. I’ve had it a few times over the years and enjoyed it but it hasn’t been in our regular rotation here at home, which was frustrating since I know its very widely distributed. It turns out it’s just really a matter of going to the right liquor store, and I found it this past week at Old Farm Liquors. It was on sale for $9.99. To be precise, since they make several varieties, I am talking about Mionetto Prosecco Brut D.o.c. I found it to be moderately bubbly, with lots of golden delicious apple flavors with a hint of pear. It winds up with a nice, crisp dry finish. It also had a little bit of champagne-like undertones that elevated it a notch above the usual prosecco. Had it with ham and cheese (Gruyère) crepes and it was excellent.
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I’ve been banging the prosecco drum on this blog for years but it now appears that I am not really saying anything that Americans don’t already know. Imports of sparkling wine from Italy to the United States are up 73.1 percent from 2005 to 2010, according to Impact Databank. That translates to 2.58 million cases brought in in 2010.
Funny how things sometimes converge. I was talking about a review by Gary V of some prosecco and commenting how the bottle he tasted had a screw cap; something I had never seen on a bubbly before. Well I came across this press release for Riondo prosecco. In it they state they are ditching the familiar mushroom cork and going to all screw caps. Reason given seems to be that it will retain the bubbles longer for partially consumed bottles- sounds plausible but it’s not a problem I encounter regularly.
Now loyal readers will know this is one of the house proseccos in regular rotation at stately Fred Manor. It’s great stuff and an excellent value. I confess I will miss the romance of the pop of the cork though. As soon as I see some in Frederick I will give it a try and let you know.
Quick post: Gary V whose Wine Library TV widget has graced my pages for years did a review of a prosecco with a screw top (!?!). He says that more and more bubblies are considering screw tops. Has anybody seen any? To see the review go down to the WLTV link on the bottom right of the blog and go to episode 938.
To all those who inquired thanks! I am fine. Sorry for the light blogging. I’ve done a bunch of fun food and wine related things this Summer and Fall but just been too busy to write about them. Life just keeps getting in the way. I fully intend to let you guys know about some of them.
For those who have followed me waxing poetic about the joys of Prosecco over the years here is an opportunity to try a great producer for free. I saw that Frederick Wine House is pouring Riondo Prosecco Saturday, December 12th from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. as part of their complimentary tasting. This is one of the Proseccos we consistently go to as it is delicious and represents a great value.
Had a fantastic prosecco this past weekend. It was Collalbrigo Brut Prosecco Spumante NV. I picked it up at mecca (aka the Wine Library. See video on top of page at right) and just loved it. Best of all it was only $10.99. Its made from 90% Prosecco and 10% Pinot bianco grapes. Nice pale golden color. We thought it was just a little more complex and interesting than Zardetto. Had a nice rich mouthfeel. Anyone know where I can buy it in MD?
As mentioned previously Frederick Wine Househas regular free tastings. In their weekly email I just noticed that one of the wines they are pouring on Saturday June 21st is Riondo Prosecco. We’ve had this many times before and is consistently one of our favorites for taste and value. Its frizzante, which means that it is less bubbly than spumante style prosecco, but its well worth swinging by for a taste. I went back and dug up my tasting notes from the last time I had a bottle:
Light bubbles- definitely frizzante. Strong apple taste with hint of butterscotch. Surprisingly long finish. A little sweet. Overall very good & low in alcohol. Picked several bottles up for $8.99 so it was a great QPR. Rating 89
Was in the Spirit Shop today and noticed thatone of my favorites: Zardetto Prosecco was up to $13.99 a bottle. Wow. Its still at ten bucks in my head.
One of the best bottles of prosecco that I have ever tasted was a bottle of 2006 Nino Franco Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Primo Franco. It was given to me as a gift and what set it apart (besides its terrific taste) was that it was a vintage prosecco. Most proseccos you see in stores are non-vintage, that is they are made up of a blend of grapes from different harvest years.
I have never seen the Primo for sale in the Frederick area, so I had to pick up a bottle of their second tier prosecco, Nino Franco Rustico, when I saw it in the store. At $17.99 its on the upper end of prosecco, so it lacked prosecco most endearing charm to me: its cheapness. All in all it was a very nice prosecco. All the lightness and acidity you’d expect from a prosecco, yet fairly complex (for prosecco) on the palate. Flavors of lemon peel, pear and some green apple. I rate it an 89.
If I keep this up I’ll have to rename this the prosecco blog.
In my continuing quest to try every prosecco ever produced I popped a bottle of this over the weekend. I bought it for no other reason than I have never had it before, and candidly the person in the wine store tried to steer me towards another bottle. The producer’s take: it is a 100% prosecco bottling which is, according to their website, is comprised of a selection from their 16 best vineyards. I’d hate to see their 16 worst. My take: walk on by. It had the typical apple and pear flavors that are common to prosecco, but on the whole I found it rather thin and watery. At $14.00 a bottle there are other, better proseccos, out there for the same amount or less.