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Asimov on Prosecco

by Mike Filigenzi » Wed Jun 21, 2006 10:29 am

Fun article on a fun wine. Best line: "You cannot brood over a prosecco."

NY Times, registration required (I think): Prosecco

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Re: Asimov on Presecco

by Dave Erickson » Wed Jun 21, 2006 10:47 am

Interesting that he calls the Nino Franco Rustico "off-dry." I've usually found it to be the dryest of proseccos; some people have complained to me that it is too "clean." Also interesting to see Bisol finish relatively low in the rankings. In years gone by, it was considered one of the very best.

Well, times and tastes change, and so do house styles, I'll bet. Anyway, geat story, and as Asimov says, prosecco is not a drink to be taken seriously--just to be enjoyed. Prosit!
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Re: Asimov on Presecco

by Gary Barlettano » Wed Jun 21, 2006 11:54 am

Thanks for the link, Mike. Good timing, too! We had lunch outside in the courtyard at Tra Vigne in St. Helena on Sunday and just for the fun of it started with a taste of prosecco. It really hit the spot on a warm afternoon! They had a fizzy moscato d'alba there, too, but, as it was somewhat sweet, it wasn't quite as refreshing as the prosecco which was light and dry.
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Re: Asimov on Presecco

by Agostino Berti » Wed Jun 21, 2006 5:25 pm

I have never enjoyed sparkling whites. My mom always drinks fancy Champagnes and I was never bewitched by any of them despite names like "Grand Dame" etc. They all seemed too dry, charmless, thin and prickly. A couple of years ago I had a Bisol Prosecco at a restaurant.. wow, what a pleasant, flowery nose...inviting. Round, gentle, balanced mouth. It was great... that is, pleasant, a pleasure to drink. Which in the end to me is what makes a "good" wine. It was the first time I enjoyed a "Champagne" style wine. To me it was a turning point much like when I was younger and I tasted a Bordeaux and discovered wine didn't have to be charmless and acidic like my dad's standby Barberas (although I did love the Moscato di Canelli he fed me.)

Three cheers for well-made bubbly!

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Re: Asimov on Prosecco

by Robin Garr » Wed Jun 21, 2006 6:41 pm

Mike Filigenzi (Sacto) wrote:Prosecco


Pedantic point, but it's always disappointing to catch the Newspaper of Record in a misteak: Asti Spumante lost the legal surname several years ago. It's just-plain "Asti" now.
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Re: Asimov on Prosecco

by John Fiola » Mon Jun 26, 2006 10:33 pm

I read the article and enjoyed it.

For me, a Prosecco is great for sitting on the back deck on a hot summer's day.

I'll probably bring one to MoCool as part of the "Champagne" part of the theme. Prosecco is for celebrating a great day of doing nothing.

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Re: Asimov on Prosecco

by Peter May » Wed Jun 28, 2006 1:38 pm

Agree with the article -- we 're on vacation in Italy at the moment and we have a bottle of Prosecco with our light lunch every day.

Sitting on plastic chairs in a beach cafe in the clammy heat the appearance of the fizz in its ice bucket is most welcome.

Today the brand was Cinzano and it cost 16eur (=20usd) which seems to be the going rate -- but this is a tourist area and prices are (I think) a bit higher.
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Re: Asimov on Prosecco

by James Roscoe » Wed Jun 28, 2006 2:11 pm

It's a tough life Peter, but someone has to do it. Have fun!
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Re: Asimov on Presecco

by Paulo in Philly » Thu Jun 29, 2006 2:58 pm

Gary Barlettano wrote:Thanks for the link, Mike. Good timing, too! We had lunch outside in the courtyard at Tra Vigne in St. Helena on Sunday and just for the fun of it started with a taste of prosecco. It really hit the spot on a warm afternoon! They had a fizzy moscato d'alba there, too, but, as it was somewhat sweet, it wasn't quite as refreshing as the prosecco which was light and dry.


Tra Vigne! I had dinner there back in 2002 when I went to Sonoma and Napa. We sat outside! We stayed in Calistoga and I even did a MUD BATH!!!! Yikes! :shock:
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Prosecco on tap

by Peter May » Fri Jun 30, 2006 1:25 pm

James Roscoe wrote:It's a tough life Peter, but someone has to do it. Have fun!


Talk about tough!

Seems we've clearded them out of their bottled Prosseco. Sincere apologies, but would the house Prosseco be satisfactory? A glass was poured for me to approve.

It came from a tap on the bar - just like a beer tap !

A couple of carafes later we opinied that is was sweeter and not as good as the bottled stuff (but half the price)
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Re: Prosecco on tap

by James Roscoe » Fri Jun 30, 2006 2:13 pm

Peter May wrote:
James Roscoe wrote:It's a tough life Peter, but someone has to do it. Have fun!


Talk about tough!

Seems we've clearded them out of their bottled Prosseco. Sincere apologies, but would the house Prosseco be satisfactory? A glass was poured for me to approve.

It came from a tap on the bar - just like a beer tap !

A couple of carafes later we opinied that is was sweeter and not as good as the bottled stuff (but half the price)


This is what we in America call "Livin' large!" Enjoy!
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Re: Prosecco on tap

by Dave Erickson » Fri Jun 30, 2006 4:39 pm

From the tap is how the Venetians serve it! Very authentic! For true authenticity, it should reek of amylic aromas (banana)...

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