29 dic 2010

In Italy we toast with Prosecco !



Italians love festivals and the ending of the old year and beginning of the new year, il Capodanno, is a great time to celebrate in Italy. No New Year's Eve celebration without champagne or sparkling wine. On midnight, in Italy we toast with our italian sparkling wine. There are good wines in different regions in Italy. Personally I love Prosecco di Valdobbiadene and Asti Spumante.
The area where the Prosecco D.O.C.G. is produced is in  Veneto, 50 km from Venice, Itin the hills of the 15 communes lying between Conegliano and Valdobbiadene. The Sparkling Wine (“Spumante”) is produced in Brut, Extra Dry and Dry versions, depending on the residual sugar contained in the wine: “Brut” is the driest style, “Dry” the sweetest. In the same area is produced also the Superiore di Cartizze. Straw color and tiny bubbles with an aroma of white peaches and freshly picked flowers and a subtle yeastiness
Asti Spumante D.O.C.G. is a Piedmont sparkling wine. It is a white Moscat, produced from moscate grape in the hills of the southern strip of Piemonte. The wine is sweet and usually served with dessert and italian cakes. Another good sparkling wine , produced in the northern Italy, in Lombardy, is Franciacorta.
The wine is made using a combination of Chardonnay, Pinot Bianco and Pinot Nero grapes. It is dry with hints of vanilla and ripe fruit.

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