As I catch up blog posts, I realized that although I shared tons of photos from a visit to Eataly on social media a few months back, I never created a blog post on the prosecco seminar I attended. As you can imagine, it was a lovely afternoon learning about prosecco and doing some tasting.
As champagne originates from the Champagne region of France, prosecco is a specific variation from the Prosecco DOC (controlled designation of origin) in Italy. It's a white wine made from Glera grapes. And...prosecco happens to be the main ingredient in one of my favorite cocktails, the Bellini.
A few other things I learned about prosecco at the event:
- The US consumes about 17% of the prosecco produced.
- Production of prosecco has quickly increased with an additional 48 million bottles sold in 2015 over 2014.
- 30% of the prosecco produced stays in Italy.
- There are 3 styles of prosecco: brut, extra dry and dry - differentiated by the residual sugar content.
- 2016 was a great growing season for glera grapes with ideal weather conditions and a high crop yield.