Is Prosecco the same as Champagne? For brunching purposes, yes. But on a technical level, they're quite different. Learn more about the tasting notes and recommended food pairings for Prosecco, and find out how this sparkling wine stands out from Champagne.
Where Does Prosecco Come From?
The most popular sparkling wine in Italy, Prosecco comes from the country's Conegliano Valdobbiadene -- we don't know how to pronounce that either -- region in Veneto. In other words, it comes from just north of Venice.
How Is Prosecco Produced>
The main grapes in this sparkling wine are Glera grapes, but they won't mind if you call them Prosecco. Winemakers use the Charmat sparkling method to produce this wine, which calls for a second fermentation in giant steel tanks. This is a much more efficient and less expensive method than the one used for Champagne, and it produces a slightly less bubbly sparkling wine. In fact, Prosecco's bubbles rarely last as long as those in a Champagne flute.
How Does Prosecco Taste?
Prosecco is known for its fruity and aromatic yet dry taste. Sound complex? It is! Many people find that it's lighter and sweeter than Champagne, which often has a yeast-driven, nutty flavor. However, not every bottle of Prosecco is sweet. When you're shopping for sparkling wine, you'll choose among these three types of Prosecco:
Brut is the most popular, and it often seems sweeter than it really is, thanks to its notes of pear, melon and honeysuckle. Extra dry Prosecco might be less popular, but it offers the ideal balance between the grapes' acidity and slight sweetness.
What's the Best Way to Serve Prosecco?
Perfect for those who don't like to be tied down by rules, Prosecco can be enjoyed any way you want, but you should always serve it in a tulip glass. This will help the bubbles last longer while capturing the Prosecco's fruity fragrance. Always chill Prosecco before pouring, and serve it cold, or around 40 degrees.
What to Pair With Prosecco:
Throw on your sunglasses, grab a brunch menu and get ready for morning drinking. Enjoy your Prosecco straight or mix it with orange juice for the ideal brunch beverage. If the bubbles have you feeling fancy, go for fruit-driven appetizers like prosciutto-wrapped melon and fresh seafood such as oysters or shrimp cocktail. For a fun twist, Thai dishes such as pad thai or vermicelli noodles pair exceptionally well with this sparkling wine.
Why Choose Prosecco Over Champagne?
Prosecco lovers and brunch partners would agree that both flavor and price are great reasons to choose Prosecco over Champagne. With its light and subtly sweet flavor, combined with its affordable price tag, Prosecco makes for a delicious alternative to Champagne.