This week I tasted a new Prosecco (at least it was new to me) and along with the bottle for review I received a little education for wine 101ers on the difference between Italy’s Prosecco and France’s Champagne.
First will be my review of the wine and second will be the information from the winery, Astoria Prosecco.
When I opened the shipping box the first thing I noticed about the wine was the bottle: it was a in a design that mimicked a large cut crystal wine goblet topped with shiny red foil – very eye catching. Once opened I got aromas of grapefruit, freshly sliced green apple, peach and pear. The same pear and peach were easily detected in the taste, followed by lemon-lime and orange zest. After my sample I made crisp Aperol Spritzers with the remaining wine. All in all, bottle design included in my evaluation as it was so unique, I would give Astoria Prosecco 91 Eve Pts.
The winery tasting notes: Astoria Prosecco DOC Treviso ($13): a pale, straw yellow sparkling wine marked by a fruity bouquet, clean citrus flavors and fine, persistent bubbles.
From Astoria Prosecco
The wine world is full of common myths. Perhaps most common is the misconception that all sparkling wines are created equal. Take Prosecco and Champagne — two bubbly bouteilles of equal delight that are surprisingly cut from two very different cloths.
Let’s break it down:
- First, let’s talk region. Prosecco is from Italy and Champagne is from France. Full stop.
- Second, consider the grapes. Prosecco is made from Prosecco grapes, also known as “Glera” in Italy. Champagne, on the other hand, is made from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier grapes.
- And third, while we know it’s taboo to talk money, you can’t help but notice a stark difference in price. That’s because Prosecco is produced using the very affordable “Tank Method” which helps drive down the average cost to just $12 a bottle. By contrast, Champagne is made using the very costly “Méthode Champenoise” or “Traditional Method.” The result? Prices average around $40 a pop.
Eve Bushman has a Level Two Intermediate Certification from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust, a “certification in first globally-recognized course” as an American Wine Specialist ® from the North American Sommelier Association (NASA), was the subject of a 60-minute Wine Immersion video, authored “Wine Etiquette for Everyone” and has served as a judge for the Long Beach Grand Cru. You can email Eve@EveWine101.com to ask a question about wine or spirits.