Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Ca' di Prata Prosecco Perfect For Spring Entertaining

Ready to jazz up the evening? Pop open one of these Prosecco wines.

Coming Soon: Entertaining At Home!

It’s a surprising phrase to write: Perfect wines for your entertaining. It’s been more than a year of locked-down, face-masked, sanitized pandemic life. As the vaccine rolls out across the country, we can finally see some light at the end of this dark and dreary tunnel.

Yes, in the near future, you’ll be able to entertain with family and friends. Here are some great wines to celebrate the joyous occasion.

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Nothing says “celebrate” like bubbles. Italy’s Prosecco wine is tasty and the price means you can afford it pop open bottles frequently. We recently served a trio of Ca’ di Prata Prosecco wines during an outdoor, socially distant patio party.

Vastness Of Territory

The Ca’ di Prata name comes from the municipality of Prata di Pordenone within the famed region of Friuli, where these wines are made.  A location famous for its historic bell tower, beautiful vineyards, and surrounding farmlands, the Ca’ di Prata label has a drawing of the tower on its label. The name “Ca’ di” which means “home of,” and “Prati” which is derived from the Latin “Pratum” meaning “vastness of territory covered in meadows.”

With Italy's Prosecco region having a long history of producing sparkling rosé I was surprised to learn that sparkling rosé wines were not authorized to carry the name Prosecco on the bottle until just a few months ago (November 2020) when the Prosecco DOC consortium approved a long-debated proposal.  Sparkling rosé wines can use the DOC designation as long as they have 85% Glera grapes along with 10% to 15% Pinot Noir grapes, which must be fermented on the skins.

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The three wines included the Brut Prosecco DOC, Brut Prosecco Rosé DOC, and Extra Dry Prosecco Valdobbiadene Superiore DOCG. The price points are $16, $17, and $18 respectively.

The Brut Prosecco is a nice entry-level Prosecco with 85% Glera plus other varieties including Chardonnay and Pinot Bianco. There are some nice mineral notes and green apple highlights.

Premiere Location For Prosecco

We popped the DOCG Prosecco next. Valdobbiadene is the premier location for Prosecco and I’ve found that DOCG wines, where the quality is guaranteed, often mean a noticeable bump up in quality.

The wine is a golden straw color in the glass. The perlage is nice and foamy and the bubbles are fine and persistent. On the palate, there is crisp apple with a flash of lime zest. In the hierarchy of sparkling wine naming, Extra Dry is actually sweeter than Brut. This wine is certainly dry, however.

The Brut Prosecco Rosé was the finale. The wine is Glera and Pinot Nero, or Pinot Noir as we call it in the States. Rosé sparkling wine is always a good pick in our books. It’s versatile, fun, and is food-friendly. This wine adds flavors of red fruit and strawberries along with floral accents.

The Ca’ di Prata wines, newly available in the US, are a perfect choice – and a great value -- for entertaining or just chilling at home.

Full Disclosure: These wines were received as marketing samples.

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