This weekend marked a milestone for my family… my Dad officially entered “retired” status as of Saturday… a change that will allow his impressive energy level to be dedicated to other lovely life activities… like boozing on sparkling wine on a Saturday afternoon. And that’s exactly what we did to celebrate his new life “status”. Seriously, is there a better way to spend your first Saturday of retirement!?!
Divine Wine of the Week: Zardetto Prosecco, Conegliano, Veneto, Italia
Price Range: $12.99 at Total Wine
Wino Assessment: I am admittedly a bad judge of sparkling wine. I like them all! And I struggle to find the differences in taste… so my Wino Assessment is going to be lackluster at best. It is a dry sparkling wine, but not bitter – it hint of a honey like sweetness to it that balances the dryness nicely.
The (Sparkling) Wine:
Zardetto Winery says of its Proseccos: “Simple, fragrant and light, they are at the heart of happy get-togethers and are perfect as an aperitif.” (I must agree!)
Total Wine says: “Crisp, Pear, Dry, Light-bodied”
Wine Advocate says: “One of the finest widely available Proseccos in the marketplace, this fresh, lively wine exhibits notions of orange rind, brioche, and honeyed grapefruit. Light-bodied, effervescent, and packing plenty of flavor in its delicate personality.”
I presume you are already grabbing your keys to run out and grab a bottle of this enjoyable bubbly, given all these great descriptions!
So what to munch on while enjoying this Prosecco? Since sparkling wine is normally enjoyed as an aperitif, these pairing suggestions are in the nature of appetizers/small bites. Most lighter bodied Proseccos, like this one, go well with salty foods like prosciutto or smoked salmon. You might even consider enjoying this with a bit of sushi (which seems counterintuitive to me, but now that I’ve had the wine, I wish I would have had it with sushi!). If you’re looking for a lighter snack, try it with some a little bowl of mixed nuts!
May we all celebrate the little things and the big things in life with a delightful bottle of bubbly! And many congrats to my Dad and looking forward to sharing many more bottles of bubbly with this new retiree!
Source: Source for all wine know (particularly with The Bite section) is What to Drink with What You Eat.