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Go-To-Wine Tuesday: Fantinel Prosecco Extra Brut

Posted on | December 22, 2015 | Written by Crystal Edgar | No Comments

SPK91-2I am extremely biased when it comes to any sort of bubbly and quite frankly there is never a bad time for it. Great Prosecco offers decadence without a big price tag—stick with solid producers and you can grab a case for the price of one or two great bottle of Champagne. For anytime moments Fantinel’s Prosecco Extra Brut is the perfect go-to bubbly. Just $16 a bottle, it’s ideal for parties, groups, or gifts, but it also pairs well with a bubble bath and book.

I had the great pleasure of meeting Marco Fantinel in Hong Kong, when he was on his whirlwind wine tour of Asia. IWM’s outpost in Hong Kong worked with private clients as well as restaurants and hotels, and I have to say that Marco’s extra dry Prosecco was a hit across all groups. We hosted a dinner together in one of Macau’s largest hotel casinos and I had guests on all sides of me asking me how much Marco’s “Champagne” cost.

When I told them that it was not Champagne and revealed the price, they all gasped and said, “You should raise the price, this should be more expensive otherwise people may not buy it!” In certain parts of Asia it is not uncommon to think that reasonably priced wines are automatically considered cheap and inferior; in fact, restaurants often create a high combination of “lucky” price numbers and always point out the most expensive bottles as these are clearly the “best.”

This vibrant Prosecco quickly became the “go-to” sparkling wine choice for many of the top restaurants, hotels and private clubs in Hong Kong and Macau, and I had to ask Marco time and time again to ship more wine to meet the growing demand. On the nose and palate, the wine offers fresh stone fruit character without being sweet, vibrant bubbles and acidity without being too “dry” and a mousse-y finish that leaves a soft trail of bubbles and minerals. It’s a chameleon in the kitchen and pairs very well with fresh seafood, cured meats, pizza, spanikopita, roasted chicken, fish & chips and many other dishes. Just open and bottle and don’t be bashful.

I still recommend this wine to my clients, bring bottles to personal events, send them as gifts and keep bottles stock in my own little cellar for popcorn and movie nights. You really cannot go wrong here, so I invite you to grab a glass, bottle or case, whatever strikes your fancy) and toast to the holidays and a great 2016!

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