kelly magyarics

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


Just a few bubbles, please

Prosecco is a smart choice in sparkling wine. What it lacks in the complexity and "yeasty" overtones of Champagne and traditional method sparkling wine, it more than makes up for with its appealing crisp apple and peach flavors, and clean finish. (Prosecco's secondary fermentation occurs in a tank, instead of in the bottle like traditional method sparkling wines.)

Prosecco comes in two styles: "spumante" means that it's fully sparkling (like Champagne), and should be served in a flute-style glass. "Frizzante" style Prosecco has less bubbles, but still enough to be refreshing (I often serve this in a white wine glass, but it can also be served in a flute). It's perfect for an aperitif before a meal, or with a cheese and fruit platter on the deck.

If you want to try this style, check out Il Cortigiano Prosecco Frizzante. It has medium acidity, and flavors of apples and peach, and at about $8 a bottle, it's great if you are having a party and need to buy in bulk. It also would make a delicious mimosa. I've used this in a bunch of wine tastings recently, and it's a definite crowd pleaser.