Saturday, December 21, 2013

Tis the season for prosecco from Caneva da Nani!

Valdobbiadene DOCG wine mapIn celebration of the holiday season at my last Italian language class of the year we celebrated with lots of treats and one of them being a prosecco from the producer, Caneva da Nani, from Guia di Valdobbiadene, Italy. Guia is a village in the town of Valdobbiadene, which is situated in the Veneto region of northeastern Italy in the province of Treviso. 

The name, prosecco, derives from the name of an actual town prosecco near Trieste. Prosecco originates from the Friuli Venezia Giulia region and Veneto region and the majority of the prosecco of this area is produced in Valdobbiadene, where this wine comes from, and also Conegliano.

Caneva da Nani has been in business since the early 70's. Their vineyards are set on steep slopes providing great drainage. It's very similar to the previous blog that I wrote on the Aosta Valley. The location of this region is between both the Alps and the Adriatic Sea so they have many influences with cold air coming in from the alps and more warmer air coming in off the Adriatic Sea helping to create some good crisp, acidity in the prosecco.

The best comparison to prosecco if you haven't had it would be champagne, but obviously can't be called that due to not be growing in the Champagne region of France. I would recommend consuming it within a few years of production or like most folks do, as soon as you get home from the wine or liquor store. It can be enjoyed alone as an apertif, but in Italy it's also enjoyed as a mixed cocktail called a Bellini, mixed with white peach juice. They even sell bottles pre-made of Bellini if you don't want to mix it yourself.

Typically I'm not one that enjoys many things with bubbles, but this was enjoyable, especially with some fresh parmigiano reggiano. It was very light, easy drinking and had tiny bubbles that almost created a frothiness in my mouth. It was a drier style with some light apple and tropical hints.

It's a great affordable alternative to champagne and it's especially great around the holidays. Pop a bottle at New Years and toast with your loved ones for a healthy, happy New Year!

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