The Ultimate Guide to Kosher Prosecco
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Our kosher Prosecco wine guide is a comprehensive introduction to this popular sparkling variety. An overview of the history, flavors, pairings, and aging recommendations will help optimize your enjoyment of this highly accessible bubbly.
Italian Kosher Prosecco brands offer an impressive selection of sparkling wines perfect for sipping, celebrating, and food pairing. For example, Bartenura Prosecco Brut is known for its creamy mouthfeel, ideal when paired with pasta and seafood. If you want something to sip at parties, Prosecco Notte Italiana is peachy, with a distinct yellow apple flavor that stands well on its own. Noted fashion designer Vera Wang has also thrown her hat into the ring, producing premium white and rosé Proseccos with an appealing aroma that adds a sense of sophistication to your celebrations. Finally, Cantine Del Borgo Reale Prosecco NV has a subtle fruit flavor that is perfect when paired with appetizers.
History of Prosecco
This delightful Italian wine was first created by chemist Antonio Carpané in 1868. Carpané adjusted the Champagne wine-making method, using tanks instead of bottles to create bubbles in the second fermentation process. He also cooled the Prosecco to stop fermentation when he reached the desired atmospheric pressure. The result was a less labor-intensive method that preserved the distinctly fresh flavor and heady aroma of Prosecco’s Glera grapes. Also, cooling allowed the atmospheric pressure to be controlled to produce either frizzante (fizzy) or spumante (fully sparkling) Prosecco.
Today, an authentic Prosecco must contain at least 85% Glera grapes and be produced in the “Denominazione di Origine Controllata” (DOC) in Northern Italy. Located between the Dolomite Mountains and the Adriatic Sea, the Veneto and Friuli regions have grown Glera grapes for centuries. These green, thin-skinned grapes produce white kosher Prosecco wines, while the addition of Pinot Noir grapes results in an enchanting Prosecco Rosé.
Kosher Prosecco wines are light-bodied, crisp sparkling wines with pleasing effervescence and a medium to high acidity. The flavors are fruit-forward, with a predominant crisp apple brightness, followed by creamier peach, pear, and melon. Florals like honeysuckle are also frequently noted. The fruitiness often feels more tropical in the finish, with subtle hints of hazelnut, almond, cream, and toasty brioche. Although many worry Prosecco will be too sweet, it tends to be dry despite its fruitiness. Like Champagne, you can find different levels of sweetness. However, the term Extra-dry is misleading. Brut is the driest for kosher Prosecco wines, while Extra-Dry is mid-range sweetness. Also, because we consider dry wines less sweet, it is important to remember that Dry Prosecco has the highest sugar content.
Many wine lovers consider Prosecco the ultimate sipping wine, and it is also an ideal cleanser between courses. For example, starting a meal with a glass of Prosecco and a platter of nutty Manchego, cured meats, and briny olives brings out the wine’s flavors while the bubbles and acidity prepare the palate for the main course. It is also a surprisingly good companion for spicy foods like curry, and keeping in line with its Italian heritage, a lovely accompaniment for pasta and seafood.
Prosecco does not age well due to its sugar content and tendency to lose its “fizz” quickly. Therefore, you should buy Prosecco a few days before you drink it and serve it between 40° and 45° F to optimize the sparkling flavor. However, Prosecco can last up to two years in a cool, dark place, stored upright to avoid too much cork moisture. So, keeping a few bottles on hand doesn’t hurt.
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