This Italian sparkling wine which can be dry or extra dry, has grown in popularity over the years as it is a less expensive substitute for Champagne. It is said that this wine was produced as far back as Roman times using the Glera grape grown near the village of Prosecco on the Karst hills above Trieste and was then known as Puccino. The prosecco that we buy today mostly comes from the Veneto and Fruili region.
Prosecco is enjoyed by many as a wine for all occasions and should be served chilled. This wine is best drunk within three years of its vintage as unlike Champagne it does not ferment in the bottle and will eventually grow stale. This drink is served on its own, however you can mix it with other drinks and you can also have it in cocktails; bellini cocktail, spritz cocktail, mimosa. It is also nice with a dash of creme de cassis (a blackcurrant liqueur). If you are not a wine lover, then prosecco is a lovely wine to try as it is a very light drink and is not high in alcohol content. However watch out for those bubbles going to your head!
The Designation of Origin (DOC) status was granted for prosecco in 2009 which guarantees the quality of this famous wine.