The Italian sparkling wine Prosecco is so popular in North America and throughout Europe, it has risen to the number one market share spot for sparkling wines in many markets and even bumped out Champagne. In 2010 alone, sales of the lightly off dry bubbly skyrocketed 266% in Canada.
Whereas we used to be inundated with Pinot Grigio, now we deal with seas of Prosecco. Even the Beastie Boys have sung about it (‘Sip on Prosecco, dressed up in tuxedo’).
That said, it’s not all negative – there are some affordable and lovely bubblies available and with spring and summer approaching, we tried a few this Easter. Just so we could be prepared… you know.
The Villa Teresa is produced with Glera grapes and is clear and bright, medium lemon with legs and a lightly aggressive mousse. The nose is clean and youthful with light aromas of lemon, lime zest and green apple.
The palate is lightly off dry with some acidity and low’ish alcohol. Flavours are subtle – yellow apple, grapefruit, lemon and lime.
WSET Good – the light aromas and flavours are delicate and refreshing but not complex and the finish is average. A light and refreshing accompaniment to appetizers. Drink now; don’t age.