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Go-To-Wine Tuesday: Col Vetoraz 2013 Prosecco di Valdobbiadene

Posted on | June 23, 2015 | Written by Matthew Di Nunzio | No Comments

millesimatoWhen I lived in Italy, I often used to hear the phrase “Italians do it better.” I would think to myself, “Who do they think they’re kidding?” Truth be told, they’re not kidding. When it comes to the finer things in life, the things they believe in, and the things that comprise their culture, Italians truly do it better.

This weekend, my wife and I had some guests over for dinner and we put out a full spread. We served antipasti consisting of salamis, cheeses, fresh vegetables and fruit, followed by a vegetable pasta course. Then came a choice of grilled salmon or chicken breast accompanied by grilled eggplant and zucchini, a side salad, and dessert to finish. Our plan was to serve a Prosecco for the antipasti, followed by a choice of a white and a rosé for the rest, then more Prosecco for dessert—but that plan didn’t quite work out. The Prosecco was so good that we ended up enjoying it during the entire meal. It was an instant crowd-pleaser, and it paired with literally everything we served, especially the strawberries, which it made burst with freshness.

This sparkler was Col Vetoraz 2013 Prosecco di Valdobbiadene, under $22 and absolutely delicious. It was fresh, bright, and balanced with tones of citrus, honey and flowers, yet it was also well rounded with a hint of spice and notes of ripe green and peach fruits. Big dry bubbles balanced the mild acidity as it went down, and the finish was crisp, leaving our mouths watering for more. It’s perfect for aperitifs and any light meals, and its freshness makes it ideal to drink all summer long. This Prosecco is a true testament to how Italians do, and to how they really do it better!

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