It’s another Sunday and another chance to try a Sparkling wine! What did you have in your glass this week? I tried the following ….
La Marca Prosecco
Sparkling Wine from Italy
Price around $14 – 15 a bottle
La Marca Prosecco is named for the La Marca Trevigiana zone, located in the heart of Italy’s Prosecco region, where its grapes are grown. This winery was founded more than 40 years ago. In 2007, the winery was awarded a “Top 100 Wines of the Year” by Wine Spectator. La Marca is the only Prosecco producer from the Veneto region to be awarded this honor.
My surprise on this one was how clear the sparkling wine was. I was expecting a yellow hue or something … not the clear bubbly goodness that filled my glass.
The taste was on the dry mineral side of things but held some apple notes that made this interesting. Here is what the winery indicates:
Grown in Italy, the Glera grape is cherished for its expressiveness. La Marca Prosecco is a fresh sparkling wine with a vibrant bouquet of apple, white peach and honeysuckle. The soft, harmonious fruity notes highlighted by pleasant acidity make this wine ideal for any occasion.
For my personal taste, I like my sparkling wines just a tad sweeter than this one. To make this work for me, I added some juice to it. Ocean Spray’s Cran-Tangerine paired really well with this one! Try that mix on your next relaxing Sunday.
Since sparkling wine doesn’t last very long and I wasn’t about to drink this whole bottle myself. (Surprised?) I wondered if you could use Sparkling Wine in your cooking. Guess what!?! You can. Here are a few recipes I found that incorporate Sparkling wine in their ingredients:
Champagne Risotto, Cauliflower in Champagne Batter, and Seafood Skewers with Tomato-Basil Champagne Sauce. I think the most adventurous recipes I found have to be the Champagne Jelly and the Champagne Carrot Cappuccino. I haven’t tried those yet. If you do … be sure to fill me in on the fun!
The only other tip I found for cooking with Sparkling Wine / Champagne is that it’s good to add it in toward the end of the cooking process.
Cheers to drinking and cooking with Sparkling Wine! I would love to hear if you’ve tried this wine and what you thought of it in the comments below!