kelly magyarics

washington, d.c.-based wine, spirits & lifestyle writer / wine educator

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Another great inexpensive sparkler

I'm always on the quest to find sparkling wines that are tasty and inexpensive, especially when I'm using them to make Mimosas or other cocktails. Zardetto Prosecco Brut falls into that category. It's a blend of 95% Prosecco and 5% Chardonnay, and while it doesn't offer any of the yeasty, bready complexity that traditional method sparkling wines do (Italian Prosecco is made in the tank method, which keeps the cost down), it's clean, light and refreshing, with flavors of lemon and apple, with crisp acidity.

Mix it with OJ to make that Mimosa, or enjoy it on its own. At $12 a bottle, buy a case to keep around--and don't save it for a special occasion. Prosecco (like most sparkling wines except for vintage Champagnes) is ready to drink as soon as it's bottled. And sparkling wines are great with food--the acidity cleanses your palate. Try it with sushi, popcorn, pasta with cream sauce, chicken on the grill--you name it.