I am always up for good fizz and it is great to see that there is some activity promoting Australian prosecco as the hot new fizz this summer. Like all ‘NHTs’ – New Hot Things – they are not so easy to find. Out of interest, I checked two of my local large liquor chains with no success apart from the ‘didn’t know Australia produced any Prosecco’ comments. It was not until I discovered the Chrismont La Zona Prosecco at the Sydney Winefocus tasting in September that I really became aware of it either.
So, why am I so excited? I love prosecco – well, I love most fizz, but prosecco is always fresh and has a story to tell. For instance, the very first time I was tempted by it was in Zurich where it seemed that prosecco (as well as German Sekt) was sold by the glass as often as coffee. ‘It’s 10.30 am and I need a coffee’ says long suffering husband to a coffee detesting wife. ‘No problems – you have your coffee and I will have the prosecco’ was the surprising answer. No stopping me after that!
Several years later, I had another prosecco ‘first’ in a local restaurant near Lago di Garda where they had prosecco on tap. Yes, a draught style delivery system for prosecco and it was very pleasant. And the list of stories can go on and on….
The main reason I am so excited, though, is that the growth of prosecco will provide some much need competition for current Moscato trend. Not that I don’t enjoy a good Moscato – this frothy grapey fizz has its place. But prosecco has that appley freshness that often comes with almond characters. While in the past, prosecco had a reputation for being sweet, a bit like it’s Moscato cousin, most modern prosecco is dry.
In Australia, where else would you expect to find the grape but in the King Valley region which brings us a great assortment of other Italian grape varietals and the La Dolce Vita festival. However, it is the current “Where is Kings Vault?” promotion (www.whereiskingsvault.com.au) that has intrigued me. Prosecco, sexy crown cap and a ‘pop-up’ bar … what more could you ask for? ….. more prosecco perhaps ……