National Prosecco Day
A whole day dedicated to celebrate all that is great about Prosecco – now that’s something we are on board with!
Now in its third year, National Prosecco day falls on Tuesday 13th August and is a day well worth celebrating. We thought to help enjoy National Prosecco day to its fullest, we would take a closer look at what makes Prosecco one of the nation’s favourite tipples – it’s even overtaken sales of Champagne, it’s fiercest rival.
Prosecco was originally the name of a grape and a place, but once its popularity grew, more clarification was needed to avoid just anyone using the name Prosecco. The priority became safeguarding this incredibly popular drink.
It was decided by the Italian government that the region of production would be registered in the EU as ‘Prosecco DOC’ (which stands for Denominazione di Origine Controllata). The Prosecco DOC area was established in 2009 and is comprised of nine provinces in the Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia regions.
To further protect the credibility of Prosecco the prosecco grape was renamed to ‘Glera’ in 2010, and it was stated that this grape must make up 85% of a wine for it to be labelled Prosecco. A somewhat ugly word, it is believed that Glera was deliberately chosen to discourage producers outside of the region from using the grape to make sparkling wine.
Did you know: A standard glass of Prosecco has around 121 calories
One of the nations (and ours) favourite tipples we’re never far from our next Prosecco hit, from celebrations to commiserations we know you don’t need any excuse to toast a glass of Prosecco…
Did you know: The ideal glass should have a long stem, to enable it to be held and avoid the contents being warmed by the hands, the rim should be sufficiently wide to allow the wine to “breathe” and for its aromas to be released, and the glass should be no more than two-thirds full.
Vintage isn’t better….
Prosecco doesn't ferment in the bottle, therefore it doesn’t improve with age. The crisp flavors of Prosecco are meant to be enjoyed as young as possible – consuming a bottle within a year of its vintage is ideal – We’re sure you can manage that!
Prosecco is one of the most versatile wines around. It teams well with pretty much anything you’re planning to put on your plate, from fish, to nuts to sweet treats.
It’s popularity knows no bounds, from festivals to nail polishes, Prosecco has inspired a whole plethora of industries. It’s popularity knows no restrictions, so much so the UK nearly completely ran out of it in 2016!
We don’t know about you, but we don’t need an excuse to celebrate Prosecco, or just merely one day, because we believe every day is Prosecco Day and we believe Prosecco is the answer, whatever the question is! Cheers!
Don’t forget you can enjoy 2 for 1 on fizz cocktails every Friday at Chef & Brewer or pop open a bottle for just £12.