Some days call for a celebration, even in a stunted, inexpensive way. August 30th of this year was one of them.
I had a bottle of Prosecco, given to me by a former colleague in DC. It was the last day of my 10-year stint in DC, and he handed me a bottle of Botter Prosecco. Tim, a foodie and wine-lover’s advice to me was simple, “Don’t mix this with OJ.” So, a year later, this non-lover of sparkling opened the bottle (that to me, signaled endings–and beginnings) on a waning Summer day in Minnesota. It fit.
The Wine: Hailing from NE Italy and the Veneto region, Botter’s Prosecco was a nice, simple surprise. Made from what I understand is the grape behind Prosecco’s name, Glera, it is a neutral, medium plus acid, lightly-bubbled sparkling wine. Wine-makers use a technique that brings the wine through a second fermentation in a tank, a very different method than that which makes Champagne Champagne (among other reasons, of course!)
The fruit of green apple and honey is subtle. The fun part of the bottle is that it is corked like a still-wine, each cork hand-wrapped by string, bringing to mind the sealed letters of historic European royalty. Retailing around $13 (listed at Total Wine should you be near one), there is nothing surprising about the wine. It was a pleasant drink on the same occasion as it was given-the end of the summer, and the beginning of new adventures. For the price and the enjoyment, I would definitely pick up a bottle if I were you and it was on the shelf in front of me. Salute!