As warmer weather is upon us (at least sometimes...), it’s time crack open the prosecco.
Typically, when we buy prosecco, it’s because we don’t want to spring for expensive champagne, but despite that, we still tend to pour it into a nice champagne flute to feel fancy.
Turns out, we’ve been screwing up. Let us explain.
Prosecco has become quite a staple for many wine cupboards or cellars. Not only is the sparkling wine affordable (even some of the most expensive bottles are around $45), it’s packed with vibrant and crisp flavors of pear, melon, peach, honeysuckle, and apple— all things that remind us of a bright and sunny day. It’s also used in popular cocktails such as the Bellini.
But if you’re drinking this fresh sparkling wine from a champagne glass, that is not the way to do it.
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If you want to serve the sparkling goodness the correct way, you need to have a stemmed glass with a wide rim and rounded bowl.
This shape is a contrast to the narrow shapes of champagne flutes.
So why exactly is a stemmed glass with a rounded bowl and wide rim better?
Narrow champagne flutes are strategically created to “minimize the wine’s actual surface area, so your bubbles have less room to fizzle out.”
But a rounded body glass will allow you to catch a whiff of some of the aroma profile we outlined above.
In research conducted by Statista, in 2020, 412.8 million bottles of prosecco were sold worldwide.
Prosecco came from a town in Northern Italy called Prosecco and is created with Glera grapes, which have Slovenian origins. The production of the wine now extends to northeast regions such as Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia.
All in all, we’re just being overly wine snobbish over here! You can drink your prosecco in a stemless glass, champagne flute, or regular cup if you like. We won’t judge.