The holiday season brings about the need for wine choices that appeal to a variety of palates and purposes. The Ceradello Prosecco fills the bill perfectly. From an aperitif before going out to a quiet moment of reflection, from a pre-dinner toast to a Mimosa or Bellini with brunch, at a gathering of my acquaintances around the pool to a much more formal and prestigious event in New York City, the Holiday Window Reveal at Henri Bendel’s flagship store on 5th Avenue this sparkler will not disappoint.
Made with organic grapes from the Fruili area of Veneto in Northeast Italy the fresh and lively character comes through from the uncorking to the refill of your glass with a straw hued liquid streaming with the small bubbles Prosecco is known for. A clean smelling bouquet full of fruit and spritz leads you into a taste of lemon lime that reminded me of a very light bodied 7-Up soda, with an underlying note of orange fruit that created another layer of flavor and added a lot of interest to this wine. While the fizzy feel was not very long lasting there was a persistent flavor of the citrus fruit hanging on as a pleasant reminder in your mouth.
There was a bit more body than I expected from the color and the nose, but the benefit is that this Prosecco will provide support to your own festive cocktail creations. That weight in the mouth also provides a great opportunity to pair this wine up with the light appetizers frequently served in this party season, try it with shellfish or cucumber to mention a couple we have served. In addition, for those in the mood for a light meal toss up some salad greens, nuts and fruit and open a bottle to share with friend. Wow!
Due to those pesky laws of supply and demand the days of high quality Prosecco around the $10 mark are fading into the rearview mirror, but even at a price of $15 the Ceradello Prosecco will provide you with great value for the money. Unfortunately I have been unable to locate a dependable source in the local Southwest Florida market, however, it is very widely available at independent wine retailers on the east coast from Palm Beach to Kendall. Consider this a perfect for a request for those with family visiting to bring a gift or to pick up a few bottles for those who are taking a long holiday weekend on the ‘other’ coast. Bottom line, this is a cut above many of the Prosecco labels that have hit our shelves the last few years and while it is best served young, picking up a few bottles for your wine rack to serve over time would be a good use of your holiday wine budget.