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Italy has given American wine lovers a lot of gifts over the centuries. Most of those produced in California are the result of Italian and French pioneers investing in and bringing their knowledge to places like Napa Valley.
The Italians have enjoyed sparkling wines of all varieties as part of their cultural wine experience for many years.
Recently, two types of Italian bubbly have become very popular in the United States and our Valley: Prosecco and Moscato.
These wines have found favor here due to their lighter style and mild effervescence, which make them especially nice to drink in the warmer months.
While both wines are Italian in origin, the California wineries have been producing both (especially Moscato) regularly over the last decade. Many Valley wine lovers are regularly choosing Moscato over the more traditional Riesling these days.
Prosecco is a lighter and less-carbonated alternative to champagne and is usually quite inexpensive.
Here’s a look at some great summer bubbles options to enjoy in August:
Italy’s largest privately held wine company has been producing great Prosecco for a long time. Their president, Francesco Zonin, says that “Prosecco is the beginning of almost any Italian celebration.” It offers delicate balance and a subtle hint of almonds on the finish that makes is slightly richer than most Prosecco.
CollaLto Extra Dry
Extra dry is the most festive form of Prosecco. This one is more fruity and offers greater depth of flavor than most. Its velvety smoothness is balanced by the crisp finish from the bubbles.
The grapes are grown only on Collato’s ancient estate in the heart of the Prosecco region.
The winery has been famous for its Pinot Grigio for half a century in our Valley. Many people don’t even know they make a great Prosecco. The grapes are grown on steep hillsides in the Veneto region and are 100 percent hand harvested. Bright peach and apple with a clean and fresh acidity make it pleasantly dry and lively.
Castello del Poggio
A beautiful pale straw color looks enticing in the glass as the bubbles rise. Fruity and quite inviting with intense white peach and subtle hints of exotic fruits. Fresh and pleasantly sweet with enough fruit flavor to balance the sugar. This is a well-constructed Prosecco at the value priced end of the spectrum.
Vietti Moscato d’Asti
You are going to pay a little more for this one, but it is one of the better Moscatos you will ever try. More moderately sweet with an almost unbelievable creaminess that stays on the palate throughout the sip. The bubbles are tight and offer perpetual refreshment. Round and supple pear and green apple flavors finish this amazing Moscato.
A very aromatic Moscato with notes of jasmine, mandarin orange and peach cobbler jumping out of the glass to entice you. On the palate you enjoy juicy peach and bosc pear fruit up front with hints of honeysuckle and orange blossom on the finish.
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