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. But 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, so Prosecco can only be used as a geographic term. This prevents anyone using the grape’s name to label their product as Prosecco without making it in a recognized DOP area.
Speaking of, location is what you should be looking for when shopping for a high quality Prosecco. The best examples of this lovely sparkler are labelled with the area they come from, such as: Conegliano, Valdobbiadene, Cartizze, or any combination of the above. It can be produced as a still, frizzante, or the most popular, spumante styles, and it’s best drunk as fresh as possible. So what are you waiting for??