NOW UPDATED FOR 2014
Prosecco is usually produced in in the Italian region of Conegliano-Valdobbiadene. It is the name of a grape, not a region (like champagne) or a type of wine (like Cava). As recently as 2009, this meant that anyone anywhere could make Prosecco. 40% of Prosecco did not even come from Italy! The Italian Prosecco industry is seeking DOCG recognition for Conegliano-Valdobbiadene which would solve these problems. Other than a different grape, the production method is different as well. It is made in the Charmat method.
So what is the best Prosecco? Here is our list of the top five bottles of Prosecco:
Martellozzo Prosecco ($7)
Of all the sparkling wines out there, this is one of my favorites. The price and the flavor are fabulous. The biggest negative: the cork. You need a corkscrew to open it which just seems wrong for sparkling wine. That being said, I buy this by the case.
Villa Carlotti Prosecco ($7)
Based on what I’ve read on the internets (it’s a series of tubes, you know) Villa Carlotti Prosecco seems to be the most popular sparkling wine from Trader Joe’s. People love it. It’s actually pretty crazy. Not to say that I don’t agree with them, but the abundance of love seems a little extreme.
Cecilia Beretta Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco ($10)
Cecilia Beretta Conegliano Valdobbiadene is one of the newest Proseccos available at your local neighborhood Trader Joe’s, though you can find it at other wine stores if you look hard enough. Cecilia Beretta has been producing a number of fine wines for years despite originally being more focused on agricultural research during their earlier years. Fortunately for both them and us, they shifted direction slightly, and since then, they have been devoting a significant portion of their energies into producing a quality portfolio of wine.
Zonin Prosecco ($6)
The bottle of Zonin Prosecco I picked up from Trader Joe’s was a definite winner. It is very light and dry which made it easy to pair with anything from fish to chicken to fruit salad. The Zonin Prosecco is full of flavor and has been loved by everyone I have served it to.
Mionetto Prosecco D.O.C. Treviso Brut ($10)
Mionetto Prosecco D.O.C. Treviso Brut is rather dry with only 0.9% residual sugar and I think this helps it avoid the perils of other cheap sparkling wines (tasting like alcoholic Sprite). It makes it a really nice choice for mimosas or other sparkling wine-based cocktails. The sugar in orange juice pairs well with the dryness of the Prosecco. However, when drinking it straight up, it is a little too light for me. There just wasn’t much there and for the money, you can do better at Trader Joe’s.