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Looking for Prosecco

Michael Rodriguez Jun 12, 2007 08:42 PM

Recently at a very good restaurant in Berkeley, California, I was served a glass of an excellent prosecco. It was creamy and yeasty, with a fair amount of fruit. I neglected to learn the name of the producer.

I would like to know some producers of prosecco that are fairly serious wines, not just bubbly summer drinks. (No disrespect to the latter category, but it's not what I want.)

Thanks for your help.

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    drumwine RE: Michael Rodriguez Jun 12, 2007 10:29 PM

    try Rustico-Nino Franco...for whatever it's worth, this was the #1 Prosecco choice by the NY Times tasting panel a few months ago...fits your description well.

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      ambrose RE: drumwine Jul 18, 2007 06:04 AM

      In an even earlier review of proseccos, the NY Times rated a Mionetto as the "best of tasting". I believe it was Prosecco del Veneto. I must add, however, that most of the proseccos rated at that time received a 'very good' or 'good/very good' rating.

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        starlady RE: ambrose Jul 20, 2007 10:18 PM

        Mionetto is my bubble of Choice. Good thing I am in good with the rep here in town LOL

    2. moto RE: Michael Rodriguez Jun 12, 2007 10:43 PM

      hello, Ruggeri (available is Berserkley) makes three or four different kinds, only the cheapest might be described as *not* fairly serious. cheers

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        whiner RE: Michael Rodriguez Jun 13, 2007 12:18 AM

        I second the Nino Franco 'Rustico' suggestion. It is on the lighter side, but delicious. My favorite is Adami.

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          sharonm RE: whiner Jun 13, 2007 03:12 PM

          Michael, I live in New York and am fortunate to live near a few great wine shops. My favorite Prosecco is Col Vetoraz which I purchase at Union Square Wines, and another which I've only found in restaurants called Montesel. The Nino Franco is also very nice. I think these might be available on the west coast. Good luck, Prosecco is fantastic for summer and if indeed it's a serious bone dry Prosecco, it's a love affair with grilled foods, seafood and anything spicy. Brunch? Amazing!

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          h2o RE: Michael Rodriguez Jun 14, 2007 06:25 AM

          This has been my favorite prosecco: N.V. Valdo Prosecco di Valdobbiadene.
          Has the creamy rich flavour with lots of pear and apple. Most people think I'm giving them a glass of champagne.

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            whiner RE: h2o Jun 14, 2007 06:29 AM

            I've had that one and liked it. I just forgot its name. Good call.

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            kenito799 RE: Michael Rodriguez Jun 14, 2007 07:39 AM

            Mionetto makes a lot of Proseccos...a really good one is their Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Extra Dry Santo Stefano e San Pietro, $13 at PJWine. Very dry, tiny bubbles, great fruity prosecco flavor.

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              whiner RE: kenito799 Jun 14, 2007 10:22 AM

              Ha! I've also had that one... well a Mionetto, not certain if itwas that particular one, and enjoyed it.

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              kaye RE: Michael Rodriguez Jun 16, 2007 08:36 AM

              nino franco. without a doubt. if you want something more yeasty,try a cava.

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                zin1953 RE: Michael Rodriguez Jul 20, 2007 07:16 PM

                There are lots of Proseccos available in Berkeley -- nearly every store has them. Check out Kermit Lynch, Vintage Berkeley, Solano Cellars (all in Berkeley) or Paul Marcus in Oakland.

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                  vanessaknows RE: zin1953 Jul 21, 2007 08:16 AM

                  I personally love prosecco and I'm always looking for the next best, here are two of my most recent finds. One I've only read about Jay's pick but consider him a trusted source and one that is new.

                  The first comes from Jay Mcinerney and his House & Garden blog...
                  Col Vetoraz Brut Valdobbiadene Prosecco
                  By Jay McInerney
                  It's the season for prosecco, the next best thing to a trip to Venice. And yet … I find the average prosecco to be disappointing by the time it reaches these shores. This one, recommended to me by Sergio Esposito at Italian Wine Merchants, is the exception: a clean, fruity refresher which somehow already tastes peachy even before you add the peach puree for a bellini. Even a Champagne snob like myself can enjoy this all by itself. What's more, it comes in a thick, attractive, important-looking bottle, which will impress your guests. It's our new house bubbly—a quick, cheap trip to the Veneto. $16. colvetoraz.com or montecastelli.com


                  The second is a new introduction from Oriel called 365 only out for a few weeks but I feel lucky to have tried it and loved it.

                  Oriel 365
                  Valdobbiadene, Italy
                  Name Story
                  365 is named for the essence of Prosecco—an invitation to celebrate every day!
                  Edoardo Trevisiol
                  Vineyards | Winemaking
                  Vines on steep, south-facing slopes overlooking the Piave River. Grapes hand picked before gentle pressing and fermentation a 18-20˚C in 100% stainless steel vats.
                  100% Prosecco di Valdobbiadene.
                  Tasting Notes
                  Aroma: Honeydew melon and white peaches with a hint of brioche. Taste: Fresh pear and white peach with a bright mineral finish.



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                  domaine547 RE: Michael Rodriguez Jul 23, 2007 04:50 PM

                  Foss Marai
                  Nino Franco

                  all NV (there are very few vintage proseccos. in fact, only one that I know of...)

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                    erikuzzi RE: Michael Rodriguez Sep 10, 2009 06:47 AM

                    I am from Valdobbiadene! and I assure the best wines are the ones coming from the Santo Stefano vineyards: Col Vetoraz and Cà Salina for sure, great wines, try their Brut. Then a great Girardi Cartizze, decanter awarded as far as I know.
                    Although, I suggest an an organic winery (the only one of the ares) which is doing a good work, Perlage, they just come out with a new no sulphites spumante. Try it. Maybe in our beautiful land!!!

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