- Terri of Our Good Life says Beviamo alla nostra! Prosecco Superiore and Happy Christmas!
- Marcia of Joy of Wine is Celebrating the Season with Sparkling Freisa.
- Cindy of Grape Experiences writes about Pure Trentodoc – Sparkling Wines from the Mountains.
- Jill of L'Ocassion encourages us to Be in Italy for the Holidays with This Bubbly Wine Lineup.
- Gwendolyn of Wine Predator pushes Beyond Prosecco? Try These Sustainable Sparkling Wines from Italy's Erbaluce, Franciacorta, Lambrusco, Pignoletto.
- Lynn of Savor the Harvest gives us Valdobbiadene DOCG Prosecco to Make Your Holiday Sparkle - La Tordera Rive Di Guia.
- Wendy of A Day in the Life on the Farm says Cheers to 2021...2020 Don't Let The Door Hit You On The Way Out.
- Susannah of Avvinare pours Versatile Lambrusco for the Holidays.
- Deanna of Asian Test Kitchen serves Val D'Oca Prosecco Paired with Party Starters.
- Payal of Keep the Peas offers A ‘SeeYaNever2020’ Toast with Italian Bubbly.
- Linda of My Full Wine Glass says Hello Again, Lambrusco - Everyone Deserves a Second Chance.
- Jane of Always Ravenous pairs a Frizzante with Holiday Sweet Treats.
- Robin of Crushed Grape Chronicles pours Prosecco - Joyful Bubbles to “Wring” Out 2020.
- Jen of Vino Travels is ready to Sparkle up the Holidays with Prosecco Superiore.
- Martin of ENOFYLZ Wine Blog offers A Taste of 21st Century Lambrusco; Paltrinieri Lambrusco di Sorbara Radice.
- Nicole of Somm's Table shares The Wide World of Italian Bubblies.
- Katarina of Grapevine Adventures posts A Year in Need of Sparkling Wine Surprises.
- Camilla of Culinary Adventures with Camilla is Celebrating with Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Amidst the Pandemic.
Italian bubbles have been my celebratory libation for years. Back in March - three days before California was locked down with a shelter-in-place order!! - I hosted a birthday dinner for one of my best friends. As it was March 14th - or 3.14 - I opted for a Pi Day menu. Little did I know that that would be the last time in 2020 that I would have friends around my dining room table. It's been a lonely year for sure. Read about my Scarpazoun + Cantina Paltrinieri Radice Lambrusco di Sorbara2018 pairing.
Every celebration after that - during our efforts to squash the coronavirus pandemic - has been virtual. Or we have delivered dinner to friends and family, gone home, and eaten the same menu...just in the safety of our own home. And, for most of those pandemic celebrations, I poured a Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore - grazie mille to the Consorzio - to make things feel more special and lively!
Let's start with a little primer about Prosecco...
There are two classification labels for Prosecco - DOC and DOCG. And, if you understand the difference, you'll know what to look for this month...and moving forward. On the map, above, you can see that the green area is the DOCG; the brown is the production area of DOC.
In any case, its bent toward higher acidity makes Glera well-suited for sparkling wine. It boasts a lovely perfume of melon, summer stone fruits, and light florals.
On election day, we watched as the Biden-Harris victory unfolded with Oven-Roasted Ribs and a bottle of Sommariva NV Brut, Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore. I usually don't get too political on my kitchen blog, but let's suffice it to say, every voter in my household - and even the one who isn't old enough to vote - were pleased that he will be a one-term president.
This bottle - Val d’Oca Prosecco Millesimato - is a vintage-dated sparkling wine made exclusively of Prosecco Superiore Valdobbiadene DOCG grapes. On the nose we got aromas of white flowers - think honeysuckle - along with crisp pears and apples.
Though 2020 has certainly been a year of missed celebrations - Jake's and my 20th anniversary, Jake's birthday, my birthday, Mothers' Day, R's graduation from high school, R's 18th birthday, Fathers' Day, my parents' 48th anniversary, my parents' birthdays - it's not all bad.
On Thanksgiving I reflected on what this pandemic has afforded us: more time with the boys. If it weren't for the coronavirus, R would be off at his first year of college. And while this might sound selfish, I am grateful for more time with him. He says he's glad to get my food delivered to his room while he's distance learning as many of his classes are later in the day or evening. "It's much better than what I imagine dorm food will be!" So, it's a win-win.
Our kids grow up and leave the nest far too quickly. I'm appreciative for any extra time I get with mine. Now that is something to celebrate. Cin cin!