As a nation, we love Prosecco. From January to December 2017, over 120 million bottles of fizz were sold in British shops and supermarkets, worth a whopping £850 million. Celebrations, picnics, romantic nights in- you name it, we’re bringing a bottle to it.
And who can blame us? Sparkly, sophisticated, and so very, very drinkable, it’s everything we want from a Champagne, at a fraction of the price. As luck would have it, there’s plenty of fizz left over for us vegans, too.
If you want something truly special for a Prosecco, it has to be this spritely little number; Ca’ Vittoria’s Prosecco Superiore.
It’s full name is a bit of a mouthful – Ca’Vittoria Prosecco Superiore Extra Dry D.O.C.G Conegliano Valdobbiadene – but that’s wine labelling, for you. What this lengthy title tells you is that, yes, this is indeed a Prosecco, and a pretty good one at that (D.O.C.G is the highest indication of quality given to Italian wines), and it has been made in the style that we fizz-hungry Brits are most familiar with, and enjoy drinking.
I’ve tried quite a few sparkling wines in my time, but I always find myself coming back to this one. These days, you can pick up a bottle of Prosecco from the supermarket for around £5 to £7, but often they taste more like fruit juice than proper bubbly. The good news is that you don’t have to up your price by much, to start seeing a remarkable improvement in quality, flavour, and all round loveliness.
Ca’ Vittoria retails at around £13 a bottle, but trust me, it’s worth it. It’s still half the price of the cheapest Champagnes, and displays a lot of the character that we’ve come to enjoy from the pricier fizz.
In the flute, it has lively bubbles and a fresh, straw-yellow colour with a tinge of pale green. Stick your nose in the glass, and you’re greeted by delicate floral and fruit notes; white peach, blossom, acacia flowers, Golden Delicious apples. Tasting it, it has a crisp edge, with plenty more flowers and fruit, like ripe nectarine and honeysuckle.
Because of the rapid rise in demand, there’s a lot of weak, rushed, rather boring Prosecco on the market right now, but this has real personality. A lot of skill has gone into making it; grapes are harvested by hand, and the Ca’ Vittoria farm is located in one of the best wine-making areas of the Conegliano hills. It’s actually only the Italian producer’s bog-standard bottle, which makes it even more special. Take this to any party, and it’ll be a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.
It’s available from Slurp Wines, Gusto Wines, Tanners and many other online or branch wine merchants. Often they do case discounts, to make the deal even sweeter.
When To Enjoy It:
In short- now! This is a sparkling wine made for drinking as soon as you buy it, so crack it open at your next night out, brunch date, or afternoon tea. It works well as an aperitif, or alongside the main course- just make sure it’s properly chilled (6 – 8 °C), either by putting it in the fridge a few hours before, or popping it in a champagne bucket half an hour before serving.
In the past, I’ve enjoyed it on it’s own with pleasure. For this post, however, it was part of a decadent vegan brunch; fried “eggs”, and smoked “salmon” cream cheese bagels. Incredibly delicious, and surprisingly easy to make, too.
The perfect way to spend a lazy Sunday!