It’s the most wonderful time of the year! We #SparklingWinos love spending Christmas with family, friends and of course Milo the cat – despite him being a total grinch! This time of year we’re constantly asked: “what bottle of bubbles should I bring to Christmas dinner?!” Well, it really all depends on what you’re eating. Sparkling wine is extremely versatile and there are so many different styles… so the options are endless!
What’s better than gourmet food and wine? Well, probably having a little (or, a lot) of both under the same roof! We #sparklingwinos have been going to the Gourmet Food & Wine Expo in Toronto for the past six years. Every year, the expo is a little bit different but we always come across a new bite and beverage that piques our interest.
We are lucky to have quite a few Venetian friends here in Toronto. Our conversations usually revolve around how different northern Italy is compared to the south (true), how beautiful the Veneto is (very true) and how great Prosecco (especially Nino Franco’s Prosecco) is – also very true! We visited the Nino Franco winery in Valdobbiadene at the end of August 2016. The late summer sun provided a beautiful, warm back drop for our visit to the scenic winery, which was buzzing with harvest prep.
Whether you enjoy the occasional glass of sparkling wine (or are a self-professed sparkling wino like us) we can pretty much guarantee that you’ve had a glass of Prosecco at some point. Prosecco has become so popular that last year producers even sparked concerns of a global shortage! 😱 So what is Prosecco exactly? What makes it different from Champagne? And why do people love it so much?
Picture it: you’re trekking up the gorgeous, steep, hills of Valdobbiadene in the Prosecco region of Italy – sweaty, out of breath and thirsty you see what appears to be a vending machine full of sparkling wine in the distance. 😳 Could it be? Is it a mirage? Nope – its the infamous Prosecco vending machine!
When we began planning our 2016 trip to Venice, Prosecco (Italy’s most popular bubbly) was top of mind for us sparkling winos. We wondered, are there special kinds of Prosecco available in Venice that we can’t get at home? Is it sold by the cask at restaurants overlooking pretty canals? Will a scruffy gondolier let us pop bottles on his gondola in the sunset? Ok, scratch that last thought, however exciting.
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