Prosecco, Italy’s most famous sparkling wine, gets its name from its origin town of Prosecco in Friuli Venezia Giulia, although it is mostly cultivated in neighboring Veneto.  Confusingly, the grape used to create this lively libation is also named Prosecco and must be present at a minimum of 85% according to it’s DOC and DOCG regulations.  Ever since Paris Hilton’s scandalous Rich Prosecco, a canned and flavored abomination, producers in Italy started to use the grape’s ancient name “Glera”, preventing anyone using the grape name to label their product as Prosecco without making it in a DOP area.  Now, Prosecco can only be used as a geographic term. It can be produced as a still, frizzante, or the most popular, spumante.

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