Wine of the Week:
Over the weekend I took a trip to Las Vegas, Nevada. While I was there I ate dinner at Yard House, which was located inside The Linq hotel. I normally like to try the wines on the wine list when visiting a restaurant, but was in the mood for some bubbly. I also wanted to taste a Prosecco that I could be interested in drinking on NYE. The price point was $9 for a glass and $37 for the bottle.
Made from Glera grapes from different vineyards in the DOC region, Northeast of Conegliano, I would describe this as clean, fresh and crisp. Lemon-yellow in color, the aromas of white flower, apricot and herbs blend together beautifully. With a combination of citrus, orange blossoms and stone fruits, this sparkling wine satisfied my craving for a bubbly. Citrus and floral notes appear in the finish, becoming the perfect drink for any occasion. What I liked about this bubbly was that it wasn’t too sweet. It had just the right amount of sweetness to it that didn’t overpower the drink itself.
I would pair this Prosecco with sushi, seafood and an assortment of cheeses. The desserts I would pair it with would be cake, macarons, mousses, parfaits, ice cream and last but not least…popcorn! Since prosecco leans more toward the sweeter side, it defiantly pairs the best with desserts.
Prosecco Vs. Champagne
For those of you who have never tried Prosecco, or are confused what the difference is between Prosecco and Champagne, is that Prosecco is a sparkling wine. Prosecco is made in the Veneto region of Italy, around the city of Treviso (15 miles North of Venice). The primary flavors of are: Green apple, honeydew melon, pear, honeysuckle and cream. Prosecco tends to be on the sweeter, more fruity side of the spectrum.
Champagne is made in the Champagne region of France (around the city of Reims, about 80 miles Northeast of Paris). Champagne is made with a combination of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes. The primary flavors in Champagne are: citrus, peach, white cherry, toast and almond. Champagne can taste extremely dry and have high acidity, which works wonderfully if paired with food items such as shellfish, vegetables, assorted cheeses, pasta, light chicken, crème brûlée and strawberries.