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Prosecco is a sparking wine made in the Veneto region of northeast Italy just north of Venice. Utilizing the Glera grape, it is produced with the Charmat/Tank method (2nd fermentation in a large tank) that creates a lighter style bubbly than Champagne (uses the traditional method – 2nd fermentation in the bottle). The wine has notes of tropical fruit, banana cream, hazelnut, vanilla, honeycomb and sometimes a slightly herbal quality. It’s very versatile matching everything from sushi, seafood, fish and poultry to fruit and tomato-based dishes. It’s also used extensively in mixed drinks like a Bellini (Prosecco and peach juice). Usually priced in the mid teens, it’s a great, inexpensive, popular bubbly in the market today.

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