To start things off
What is Christmas without sparkle? The holidays are the perfect excuse to crack out some bubbles, and with the astronomical growth of Prosecco, Crémant and other sparklers in recent years, we’re sure you can find a fizz to suit all tastebuds….
Rive di Colbertaldo Prosecco
It’s mistakenly believed by many that Prosecco is just Prosecco, when in fact there is much variation in the category, depending on the producer’s approach, and the source of the grapes.
The most common distinction is made between the much larger DOC area of Prosecco, and the hillsides of the DOCG regions, of which there are two: Asolo and Conegliano-Valdobbiadene.
But less well known is the fact that Prosecco also has a classification for particular sub-zones with distinct and high-quality sites. Called Rive, these rare Proseccos are worth seeking out as they celebrate great vineyards, and are generally more expressive sparkling wines. Among these, one that shone in our Prosecco Masters competition was the Rive di Colbertaldo from Maschio dei Cavalieri.
With masses of fresh white peach, orange blossom, and a gentle note of ripe orchard fruits, this is a lovely example of delicious aromatic Prosecco that captures the quality of a brilliant area for growing the Glera grape.
Medal: Gold – The Prosecco Masters, 2019
Price: Around £15