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Introduction to Prosecco

Introduction to Prosecco

What is Prosecco Wine?

Light and refreshing, fruity and fun, Prosecco is the sparkling wine that many reach for as a go-to companion to accompany a delicious brunch, appetizer, or sunny day with good company. To get the most appreciation and enjoyment from this crowd-pleasing bubbly, we’re going to take you on a journey through the history and origins of the popular Prosecco. We’ll also take a look at how it’s made, how to properly serve Prosecco, and what to look for when tasting this delightful sparkling wine. 

History and Origin

Prosecco wine, whose origins hail from Northwest Italy, is named after the village Prosecco in the province of Trieste, Italy. The first known mention of Prosecco was documented by Englishman Fynes Moryson, who was visiting the north of Italy in 1593, and used the spelling ‘Prosecho.’ The spelling that we are familiar with today was written in 1754 by Aureliano Acanti in his book Il Roccolo Ditirambo.

For centuries, Prosecco was virtually unknown outside of Italy until the turn of the 21st century. It was introduced to the American market in 2000, and experienced a steep increase in sales around 2008. Now, the United States purchases 98 million plus bottles of Prosecco per year. What can we say, we love our bubbly!

Typical Grape Varietals and Processing Tradition


Prosecco is predominantly a single varietal and is made with a grape of the same name, although it is sometimes referred to as the Glera grape. Rules do allow for up to 15% of Prosecco wines to be made with other permitted varieties of grapes. 

Wait, rules? Well, yes, there are rules to making Prosecco, which are described by two different classifications in Italy; DOC and DOCG. DOC stands for denominazione de origine controllata (controlled destination of origin) and DOCG stands for denominazaione de origine controllata e garantita (controlled and guaranteed destination of origin). Both of these classifications set strict standards for the production and origin of Prosecco, and it is not considered authentic Prosecco without meeting these standards. Prosecco doesn’t play around!

To achieve its fun bubbliness, Prosecco undergoes a second fermentation where yeast is added in large tanks. This is referred to as the Charmat or tank method. 

You may also be wondering if Prosecco is a sparkling wine, how is it different from Champagne? The main difference is how and where they are produced, and the types of grapes that are used. Champagne can only come from Champagne, France, and Prosecco can only come from Italy. Prosecco uses Prosecco grapes, while Champagne uses chardonnay, pinot noir, and Pinot Meunier. Instead of the Charmat method during the second fermentation, Champagne uses what is called the traditional method. 

How to Serve Prosecco

For the best tasting glass of Prosecco, make sure that your bottle is chilled. This will accentuate some of the crisp flavors and bubbles in your glass. On the topic of glasses, your Prosecco will taste best in a tulip-shaped or white wine glass. This shape will allow the wine to breathe and put forth all of its delicious flavors. 

Feeling hungry? Then there’s good news! Prosecco is an easy-going wine that gets along and pairs nicely with several different foods. It works well with appetizers, salads, charcuterie boards, flavorful international dishes, shellfish, and brunch staples. 

See, Taste, and Smell Notes

Prosecco is known for its light, fruity simplicity. It has very floral aromas that are often described as sweet and honeysuckle-like. Taste-wise, Prosecco has medium to high acidity with a prominent fruity character. Many describe the flavor as having notes of lemon, citrus, green apple, and pear. 

Prosecco is also known to have a dry or off-dry level of sweetness, often thought to be sweeter than its French cousin, Champagne. Levels of dryness are described on a scale that goes as follows; brut, extra dry, dry, and demi-sec, with brut being the driest and demi-sec being the sweetest. 

Your new brunch companion may just be a bottle of Prosecco. Pop open a bottle, sit back, and enjoy!

Rosé of Sangiovese


Sangiovese can be found in both the Chianti and Montalcino regions of Tuscany (it all sounds so romantic, right?) and is known for producing classic medium-bodied wines. Rosé wine is actually made from red grapes, and this is where the Rosé of Sangiovese comes to play. Crisp, fruit-forward, and easy-to-drink, it's everything you want in your bottle of Rosé and more.




Big, bold, and full of flavor—exactly what you’d expect an Italian wine to be! This classic Italian grape produces some of Italy’s most straightforward red wines and is often used as a blending grape. Not here, though. We let Montepulciano do the heavy lifting as a heavy red wine and shine on its own. If you enjoy the smell of leather bound books, nibbling on dried fruit, and complementary notes of bitter, dark chocolate and sweet plums, you will love this Italian wine. No need to pair it with any certain dish—Montepulciano tastes great with all the Italian classics.

Cabernet Sauvignon


If Pinot Noir is the light and juicy queen of reds, Cabernet Sauvignon is her bolder, heavier, meatier sister. Often referred to as just “cab,” it’s the wine of France’s Bordeaux and California’s Napa Valley. There’s nothing subtle about Cabernet Sauvignon—high in alcohol, full-bodied and robust, you can usually find this red served with a ribeye, New York Strip, or filet mignon (re: carnivores love cab). Classic cabs usually offer tasting notes of chocolate, coffee, and darker fruits like prunes and plums. The Unprecedented Cabernet Sauvignon is as classic as they come, and we highly recommend letting the bottle sit and mellow until your next red meat and potatoes dinner!

Pinot Grigio

La Pluma

If you’re looking for more zest in your life, a bottle of Pinot Grigio can provide that. We included a classic Pinot Grigio in the La Pluma collection because we’re all about light and easy here, which is exactly what this grape from Italy is. It has that dry sense of humor that seems so effortless with a punchy acidity to keep you on your toes, all while offering notes of lemon, limes, green apples, and honeysuckle. Long story short; when it’s been a heavy day and your soul is seeking light things only, you’ll be happy to have this bottle on hand.

Pinot Noir


We couldn’t create the In Good Taste Unprecedented collection without the Golden Retriever of wines: Pinot Noir. Pinot is likable, it’s easy, and its natural state of being is simply charming. It’s an incredibly easy red wine to love, which is why so many people do. The grape itself is from the Burgundy region of France, but has made its way to California, Oregon, Australia, Italy, Argentina, and Germany since. Our Pinot Noir has no surprise twists—it’s a classic light red with just the right amount of sweetness to keep you coming back for another glass (or two).

Coteaux Bourguignons


The Burgundy region of France is home to their best Pinot Noirs, but we took the grapes into our own hands to create something extra special with our Coteaux Bourguignons. It’s a blend of Pinot Noir and Gamay, which results in a French red that’s light in body but full in flavor. The ripest blueberries and freshest herbs can be easily detected in this French burgundy blend. May we suggest pairing it with some creamy brie and freshly baked bread? It’s a oui-ning combo.




A little sweet. A little tart. A little salty? You truly get it all with this white Italian wine. If you're into that biting acidity, Verdicchio will probably be high on your list of most-loved wines from our Andiamo collection. Citrus fruits like mandarin, lemon, and grapefruit are at the forefront, but what really sets this Italian wine apart is its distinct notes of almond. While our Verdicchio can start out tasting a bit tart, the more you sip, the smoother it becomes. In fact, we suggest approaching it as an aperitif (Italian for an alcoholic drink sipped before a meal to stimulate the appetite) to experience its full effect.


Côtes du Rhône White


This was one of our first French wines to join the Passport collection and one sip will explain why. Some background on the Rhône Valley in France: While this region is known for its dark, juicy reds, a very small amount of special white wines are made in the Rhône Valley. Our Côtes du Rhône is packed with French-perfected, floral flavor and Old-World charm. Its natural tang paired with the weighty Marsanne grape and aromatic Roussanne grape results in a crisp, savory sip that’ll transport you to a sunbathing chair by the Rhône itself.


Bordeaux Rouge


When you picture medieval folk sitting around a feast with goblets of wine, chances are they were drinking Bordeaux. This wine has been made in France since forever and is arguably the most classic French wine out there. Bordeaux is known for its full body, smoky notes, and rich, oaky taste. If you love cabs, chances are you will adore Bordeaux. For our Passport wines, we had to include this classic French red for you to sip and enjoy to your heart’s content. Best savored over a rich meal like lamb ragu, ratatouille, or BBQ.


Ventoux Rosé


You probably know that the Tour de France is held on Ventoux Mountain in France, but did you know that the same area is known for its high-altitude rosé? This is the kind of quintessential French rosé that you don’t need to spin your wheels over—it’s simply delicious, crisp, and perfect for warm weather. Despite its delicate, pale pink color, each sip is lush with flavor, from tropical passionfruit and zesty citrus to refreshing melon. This has the potential to be your new summer go-to, so we’d suggest stocking up.



Wild Child

Say “¡Hola!” to Spain’s main grape: Tempranillo. This red grape put Rioja wine on the map and is un vino tinto classico. It’s best compared to a classic cab, but with a bit more unique magic that’s hard to put your finger on, which is why it’s a part of our Wild Child line. This medium- to full-bodied wine with its relatively higher tannins usually offers complex notes of cherry, fig, cedar, tobacco, and dill. This is the type of red wine you want to buy and pour for a Latin-infused meal; think carne asada, tacos al carbon, or just perfectly cooked steak fajita meat.


La Pluma

We knew the only red in the La Pluma collection had to be exceptionally good and exceptionally light. That’s why including a Grenache was a no-brainer. If smooth, fruit-forward, light-bodied reds appeal to your tastebuds, this could be your new favorite. The grape itself is tricky; depending on the climate of where its grown, Grenache wines could be light, dense, or somewhere in the middle. La Pluma’s version has all the airiness and flavor notes we wanted in our Grenache, which is how we know you’ll love it. Get the most of this red by pairing it with roasted meats, spice-heavy vegetables, and Mexican-inspired dishes with lots of cumin.




This grape goes by different names in most European countries, but what remains the same is its fruity floral nature. Delicate in every way and extremely quaffable, this wine is as dainty as they come.



We really try not to play favorites at In Good Taste, but there is just something about an Italian Barbera that hits different in the best way. Barberas are the perfect wine for pizza night; they're low in alcohol, and medium-bodied but taste super light, and their berry and plum flavors pair incredibly well with savory tomato sauce and cheese! Another fun thing about Barberas? They actually taste great when chilled, which is not something we're in the habit of suggesting for our red wines. Our Italian Barbera lies somewhere between the body of a cab and a pinot and is the ideal choice for a "ladies who lunch" kind of afternoon.


Wild Child

We couldn't not have a weird white in the mix, right?! The Vermentino grape is native along the coast of Italy on the island of Sardinia (yeah, like the fish). Because of its origin, this grape offers a salty, crisp flavor that's incredibly easy to drink and enjoy. We say it's "weird" only because it's not widely known by name, but chances are you've probably had it before if you've ever ordered white wine in an Italian restaurant. If you love peaches and lemons and get a kick out of anything that reminds you of the sea, our Vermentino is the perfect Italian white to experience on a sunny day outside.




For the Chardonnay lovers who are looking to dig a bit deeper in the world of bold whites, a Viognier (pronounced vee-own-yay) could be your next big adventure. Viogniers tend to have more range; while they can be creamy with hints of vanilla like their Chardonnay counterpart, they also offer lighter, fruitier flavors like tangerine, mango, and honeysuckle. It’s still a more full-bodied white wine, but unlike Chardonnay, it’s softer on acidity and more perfumed. Spend an afternoon with a glass of Viognier amongst the flowers and it’ll all make sense.


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