August 13 is National Prosecco Day and represents a time to raise a glass to the remaining days of the summer. Prosecco is a sparkling wine made in the Veneto region of Italy around the city of Treviso, about 15 miles north of Venice.  Prosecco is an Italian wine controlled by DOC or DOCG. 

A sparkling wine, Prosecco is made from a variety of grapes. One of the oldest is the Glera. However, Prosecco can also be made from Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Noir. Sparkling wine drinkers enjoy its elegant mousse. In wine-language, the mousse is the lovely, persistent bubbles. These bubbles give Prosecco the sparkle that makes it so appealing for celebrations and special events.

Along with that touch of sweetness (usually dry) and light-bodied, refreshing aromas, Prosecco exudes an easygoing sense of fun. Flavors of white spring flowers, citrus fruits, and green apples paired with a wallet-friendly price tag put Prosecco in the right place for any celebration. Under these wine laws, Prosecco can be spumante (“sparkling wine”), frizzante (“semi-sparkling wine”), or tranquillo (“still wine”). It is made from Glera grapes (formerly known also as Prosecco), but other authorized grape varieties may be included up to a maximum of 15%

Prosecco is one of the most sold sparkling wines in the U.S. – having surpassed the 4-million case mark (according to Impact Databank). This long revered aperitivo of choice for Italians should have its own ‘National Day’ of recognition. Some say no other beverage defines the Italian philosophy of la dolce vita, or the sweet life, quite like Prosecco Sparkling Wine.

Prosecco’s bubbles come in many forms. Spumante is the bubbliest of the proseccos followed by frizzante. Finally, the calmest is the tranquillo. As summer’s fun lulls into autumn’s social afterglow, National Prosecco Day reminds us of the fruits of our labors with its notes of apple and pear.

As we enjoy the final few rays of warm our summer days and cool evenings, take time to enjoy the season with friends and enjoy the bubbly wines of summer. If you would like to try a glass, accompanied by a great Italian meal, visit Ellwoods Steak and Seafood Restaurant in DeKalb (2219 Sycamore Rd, DeKalb, Illinois 60115). If you would like to have friends over for an evening toast visit the HyVee Liquor Department (2700 DeKalb Ave, Sycamore, Illinois 60178) and ask John McIntyre for a recommendation on his choice of Prosecco.

If you would like to visit the wine areas in Europe, please contact Michael Embrey at FunME Events Excursions to learn of the many tours to the wine countries of France and Italy. As an international travel concierge, he has traveled most of the world tasting some of the top wines and sparkling wines. (FunME Events-650 Peace Road – Ste.F-DeKalb, Illinois)

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