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7 High-End Proseccos to Try Now. Until recently, seeing a bottle of Prosecco that cost more than $20 was a rare thing.

7 High-End Proseccos to Try Now

For around $15, you could get a very nice one that was fruity, floral and refreshing. And you still can. But now producers from northern Italy are bringing to America a higher class of premium Proseccos, ones which are more complex, more sophisticated and more satisfying. And while Prosecco producers do not like to compare their wines with Champagne—the styles are basically different—some of these premium Proseccos nevertheless come with Champagne-worthy price tags attached. Prosecco is made primarily from the Glera grape within a hilly region that fans out north of Venice. Unlike Champagne, most Prosecco is made in tanks, not in bottles, which is more economical. Here are seven that represent the crème de la crèmant of the Valdobbiadene Proseccos, from $20 up to $45. NV Mionetto Superiore Brut ($20) 2015 Bisol “Crede” Superiore Spumante Brut ($21) 2015 Adriano Adami “Vigneto Giardino” Superiore Dry ($22)

The Prosecco Wine Guide. Prosecco is Italy’s most popular sparkling wine.

The Prosecco Wine Guide

While it’s often compared to Champagne, it’s made with different grapes and a different winemaking method. As you’ll soon discover, there’s more to Prosecco than affordable bubbles. Does the Best Bubbly Come From Germany? “Bring me a cup of sack, boy,” Shakespearean actor Ludwig Devrient called to his waiter in a Berlin bar in 1825, channeling his Henry IV role as Falstaff.

Does the Best Bubbly Come From Germany?

The Bard’s words referred to a Portuguese wine popular in the late 1500s, but Devrient’s waiter figured the actor wanted his usual glass of champagne. So that’s what he brought … and the German word for sparkling wine, sekt, was born. Descending into the cellars of the 13th-century Speyrer Pfleghof, in medieval Esslingen, where Kessler Sekt has been made for nearly 200 years, is a treat you can enjoy in group bookings for 25 euros per person.

On Saturdays, townspeople shop early at the fruit and vegetable market and then meet at Kessler for “Sekt and the city,” says Kessler’s press officer Beatrice Popescu — not a tribute to Sarah Jessica Parker, but rather a courtyard gathering for a glass of bubbly. The stone ceiling hosts an abundance of mold, lovingly referred to as the “Black Cat.” Some 25,000 visitors come each year. Outstanding Finds in Cava Sparkling Wine. The more deeper you explore Cava, the more parallels you find with Champagne.

Outstanding Finds in Cava Sparkling Wine

Awesome, Affordable Alternatives to Champagne. There is nothing wrong with Champagne, unless of course you happen to be on a budget.

Awesome, Affordable Alternatives to Champagne

If this is you, then the $600–$750 case price to stock up on decent Champagne for the holidays is not that fun to swallow. Fortunately, there are many sparkling wines that will fit neatly into your holiday drinks budget and they are absolutely fabulous. Top 10 Affordable Champagnes. The Champagne Primer. What is the difference between Champagne and other sparkling wines?

The Champagne Primer

In short, Champagne is only produced in the Champagne region of France, and that’s what we’re going to focus on in this particular article. The History of Champagne Initially a fairly pink wine, Champagne has evolved over the years into what we know it as today. It started, as with many wines, with the Romans who planted vineyards in the Champagne region in northeastern France. Documents how the cultivation of the vines by the fifth century, but in all probability much earlier than that. With cold winters, the fermentation also stopped which left the yeast sleeping only to awaken in the warmer spring and summer months. It was this happy accident that would turn to a celebration for the Champagne region. By the mid-nineteenth century, this problem was overcome. Top Champagnes for Celebrating The End of Summer. Taittinger Brut La Française, $52 Delicate, consistent bubbles makes this wine easily paired with a variety of summer meals.

Top Champagnes for Celebrating The End of Summer

Light summer fruit aromas and tastes along with subtle buttery flavors are a perfect pair that come together to make a well-balanced glass. Enjoy this wine with an end of summer seafood feast. Franciacorta is the Next Champagne. Italians love Champagne.

Franciacorta is the Next Champagne

They enjoy an age-old custom of beginning a meal with a conversation and an apertivo. Very often this apertivo takes the shape of an effervescent wine. It has come about that the sparkling wines from Italy’s premier bubbly zone, Franciacorta, emerged from a passion for true French Champagne. We are speaking of the “Champagne Method,” the metodo classico, the labor-intensive, costly way to put bubbles in the bottle, not through tank fermentation but by secondary fermentation within the bottle itself. How to Find Great Sparkling Wine (That Isn't Champagne) Most sparkling wine isn’t Champagne and that’s not a bad thing.

How to Find Great Sparkling Wine (That Isn't Champagne)

Champagne is great but it’s not exactly affordable. A decent entry-level bottle will run you about $40. And, while this is by no means a bad price for a good wine, it’s not exactly what most of us imagine spending for a Taco Tuesday wine. Fortunately, there are solutions. Yes, you can drink fine bubbly all the time. The solution is to look outside of small region of Champagne for good-decently-priced bubbles. Tip #1: 10 Champagne Cocktails - Recipes for New Years Champagne Drinks.