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best sparkling wine for a bellini?

toothforaneye May 29, 2010 07:34 AM

prosecco, champagne, brut, chardonnay, cava, sweet, dry or is it just all good & masked by fruit juice??

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  1. Robert Lauriston RE: toothforaneye May 29, 2010 09:58 AM

    Prosecco is traditional. The tough part of making a Bellini is finding good, ripe white peaches.


    1. steve h. RE: toothforaneye May 29, 2010 12:28 PM

      Prosecco, of course. As Robert says, finding good, ripe white peaches is key. Consider making a batch in a pitcher rather than assembling juice and wine in individual glasses.

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        zin1953 RE: toothforaneye May 30, 2010 03:28 PM

        Three for Prosecco. (And the difficulty in finding great, ripe white peaches!)

        1. waitress RE: toothforaneye Jun 24, 2010 08:19 PM

          I love the Looza brand juice for bellinis! Any Brut style will do, sparkling, cava or prosecco!! I have been known to greet my guest at the door with a sparkling wine with POM in it too! Talk about take the edge off. I have to admit I am a big fan of the bubbles.

          1. Chinon00 RE: toothforaneye Jun 25, 2010 03:17 AM

            Finally had a Bellini at Harry's in Venice earlier this year. Prosecco was
            used. Yummy!

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              waitress RE: Chinon00 Jul 21, 2010 05:59 PM

              Don't you know when you drink in Italy everything taste better? LOL!!

            2. njfoodies RE: toothforaneye Jul 24, 2010 08:47 AM

              N.V. Dr. Konstantin Frank Riesling Célèbre. This is an awesome riesling sparkler from the Finger Lakes that is perfect for them. We buy this stuff by the case, and usually go through 3-4 cases a year. Heck of a crowd pleaser. -mJ

              1. Gussie Finknottle RE: toothforaneye Aug 20, 2010 04:31 AM

                Odd thoughts
                The name Bellini was bestowed on a drink made of the juice/pulp of white peaches with Prosecco..

                If you don't use Prosecco is it still a Bellini?

                If you don't use white peaches is it still a Bellini?

                If the drink is sparkling wine but not Prosecco and the fruit is not white peach, is it a Bellini?

                At what point does the drink stop being a Bellini?

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                1. re: Gussie Finknottle
                  steve h. RE: Gussie Finknottle Aug 21, 2010 02:53 PM

                  A Bellini starts with white peach juice. You can buy canned stuff, it's easy and tastes ok. Better yet, buy a few (white) peaches in season, squeeze them, strain the liquid and prepare to show off a bit. Prosecco, in my opinion, is less effervescent than champagne, it plays well with fresh fruit juice. Pour the wine and juice into a tall glass pitcher (7:3 wine to juice), stir gently and pour into champagne flutes. Never make a small batch.

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                    originalfig RE: steve h. Aug 21, 2010 06:42 PM

                    oooh, I like the ratio tip. I've never heard of another drink with a 7:3, hard to forget. Thanks!

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