Extra dry prosecco sparkles with apples and pear
Prosecco is among the fastest growing categories of sparkling wine.
The varietal can be found in a frizzante style (frothy) or spumante (bubbly like French Champagne). The best emanate from Italy’s eastern Veneto region, and from a specific place named Valdobbiadene.
One of those that I have come to rely on is Il Follo Extra Dry Prosecco, a very eruptive white with aromas of fresh apples, pear and hints of lemon. Unlike Champagne, this effort is fermented in tank, which explains the great value. But, be aware that the best proseccos are the youngest ones as the wine is ready the day it is bottle.
Adding to the import of this prosecco is the wine achieves Italy’s highest quality and authenticity requirements, Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita, or DOCG. And remember, to add to the wine’s “sizzle” try it with peach juice for a drink called the Bellini.
Vanguard Wines in Columbus carries the label, and it sells for around $13 a bottle.
Roger Gentile is the owner of Gentile’s, the Wine Sellers – www.gentiles.com – and the author of two books on wine.