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August 28, 2015 Wine Pick of the Week

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Oro Puro Prosecco Superiore

 

Valdo Spumanti

Valdobbiadene, Italy

Alcohol: 11.5%

Suggested Retail: $19.99

 

“Prosecco is a sparkling wine made in the northeast of Italy. Unlike Asti Spumante, a sweeter carbonated wine, Prosecco is much closer in taste to Champagne and New World sparkling wines. In recent years Prosecco has surged in popularity, in part because of its affordability. However it’s not just price that is driving Prosecco sales. It tastes good, too.

“Made entirely of the Glera grape (which was once known as Prosecco), the Oro Puro is the Superiore or better of two Proseccos Valdo markets in this country. Their basic product we found just o.k., but this one is excellent and justifies the approximately $5 price difference. The Oro Puro carries the D.O.C.G. label designation (Denominazione di Originie Congrollata e Guarantita), which assures that the wine comes from where it’s supposed to and has passed muster with a Italian government panel of tasters.

“Valdo’s Oro Puro, may be gold in color, but very faintly so. Its bubbles are fine and persistent. We find aromas and flavors of crisp green apples, Asian pears and white peaches and white nectarines. There’s crisp acidity, yet a rich and ‘round’ feeling, too, that nicely balance each other. The finish seems both clean and lasting.”

Food Affinity: “Mixed nuts. Thinly sliced Asiago cheese on bruschetta. Gnocchi in any white sauce. Grilled Branzino (a Mediterranean sea bass), stuffed with lemon slices and thyme."

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