And when it comes to the actual production of Prosecco, Amanda explained to me that unlike champagne, this wine is produced using a method called Charmat. In this method of wine production the secondary fermentation (this creates the bubbles) takes place in stainless steel tanks rather than in the bottle, making the wine less expensive to produce. This is why the bubbles in Prosecco are bigger than those in Champagne.
Amanda has told me about many amazing wines throughout the years, and it was about five years ago when she first introduced me to Prosecco. Needless to say it was love at first sip! Prosecco is relatively low in alcohol at about 11 to 12 percent by volume, and it is the perfect wine to share before a meal or on a warm summer day because of it's light, crisp, and refreshing flavor.
If you are interested in picking up a bottle of Prosecco to enjoy this weekend, here are a few of Amanda's recommendations...
Althea Prosecco di Valdobbiadene, $15.99
Col Vetoraz Prosecco di Valdobbiadene, $13.99
Sorelle Bronca Prosecco di Conegliano, $14.99
Riondo Prosecco is lightly carbonated and slightly sweet with hints of citrus and pear.
At $9.99 this is a very reasonably priced wine, and it was a nice refreshing way to start our meal! I would definitely recommend this wine for you to try, and we plan on buying it again soon.
In the meantime I plan on going out and buying a bottle of the Drusian Prosecco that Amanda recommended. I can't wait to enjoy it this weekend!
In the months to come I plan on featuring more affordable and delicious wine recommendations from Amanda, but in the meantime you can follow Amanda on Twitter @browniewine!
Will you be drinking any Prosecco this weekend?
Happy eating and drinking!