Jan 10, 2014

Prosecco vs Champagne

Battle of the bubblies!

For years, Champagne has long been the choice of sauce for celebrating special occasions, from birthdays and anniversaries to weddings and christenings.

However, recent findings from market research analysts Nielsen indicate Prosecco is becoming increasingly popular, but what exactly is the difference between the two bubbly treats besides the pricetag?

Prosecco and Champagne difference

Which tipple to choose?

What’s in a name?

Rather a lot when it comes to Champagne and Prosecco; Prosecco is the name of both the grape and the wine – the grape grows in the Veneto region of North-eastern Italy.

Champagne, on the other hand, is the name of the region and the wine itself. The primary grapes used in Champagne production are Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

There are also big differences in the way the drinks are produced.

Ordinarily Prosecco is produced using the Charmat method, whereby the secondary fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks, which makes the Italian bubbly far less expensive to produce.

Champagne on the other hand uses the Methodé Champenoise in which a second alcoholic fermentation – induced by the addition of yeast and rock sugar – takes place after primary fermentation.

Location, location, location

Many people know that Champagne can only be produced in the Champagne region of France, but the same rules apply to Prosecco. Even if a wine producer uses the same grapes and the same method, they can’t call their wine Prosecco unless it is produced in the Veneto region of Italy.

Do good things only come to those who wait?

Finally, the last main difference between the two bubblies is the storage. Prosecco is best consumed as early as possible, while Champagne is best left to develop. Depending on the quality of harvest, Champagne can take anywhere between eighteen months and three years to reach its full flavour potential.

So there you have it – the difference between Prosecco and Champagne explained. Why not pop into your favourite Pesto and try a blind taste test with your significant other? In addition to Champagne and Prosecco we have an extensive red, white and rosé wine list to choose from.

View the full list here: http://pestorestaurants.co.uk/menu

 

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Aug 01, 2013

Pesto’s Italian wine tips

This summer has certainly been a time for celebration; a royal baby, a triumphant win over Australia at the Ashes and a corker of a heatwave.

With all these reasons to celebrate it’d be a crying shame not to raise a glass or two, and what better tipple to toast than a fine Italian wine?

If you’re new to wine or you’ve sampled wines from around the globe, but are yet to sample a taste of Italy, read on for a little education and our recommendations.

Italian wines are regarded as being not only some of the best of the Old World wines, but some of the finest wines in the world.

A number of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world are located in Italy, meaning Italian wines are high quality and vastly varied in their flavour.

As the joint largest wine producers in the world (shared with France), Italians certainly know when they’re onto a good thing; Italy ranks fifth on the world wine consumption list!

At Pesto Italian Restaurants we know there’s nothing quite like a fine wine to wash down a delicious meal and we’re confident our vast wine selection boasts a bottle for every palate.

Our Sauvignon Intrigio is ideal for fans of dry wines; straw yellow with green and gold reflections, this wine is has notes of elderflower and apple and is full bodied with a velvety finish.

For fans of red wine, the Valpolicella Classico doc Villa Borghetti is a fantastic “all rounder”, using the best grapes to create soft raisin and vanilla flavours. Diners new to wine would do well to start with this particular bottle as its versatility lends itself to a variety of dishes.

Lastly, from the Pesto Italian wines selection we recommend the Garda Chiaretto Classico doc Rosè. This wine is perfect for those long, mild summer nights, with a refreshing strawberry flavour infused with spring flowers. Bellissimo!

If you’re now hankering for a taste of the Tuscan sun why not browse our full menu and make a reservation at your favourite Pesto Italian Restaurant now?

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