November 20, 2009

So … prosecco from Oz is the new hot thing!

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 ( that has intrigued me. Prosecco, sexy crown cap and a ‘pop-up’ bar … what more could you ask for?  ….. more prosecco perhaps ……


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