What’s a Prosecco? Italian Sparkling Wine vs. French Champagne

A new word for the New Year, just don’t call it cheap Champagne. But, whether you know what Prosecco is or not, chances are very good you’ll have some New Year’s Eve. Prosecco is generally a dry Italian sparkling wine made from the grape variety Glera which is grown in the Veneto region of Italy. […]

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A Toast to Peace

Schramsberg Vineyards in the Napa Valley makes sparkling wine that many believe is the rival of French Champagne. It has been served at White House dinners, and famously in 1972 President Richard Nixon took Schramsberg’s Blanc de Blancs to China for the “Toast to Peace” dinner with Premier Zhou Enlai. Unfortunately for everyone, the winery […]

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Nothing Says Trash Like Paris Hilton’s Champagne in a Can

Well, actually it’s Prosecco, an Italian sparkling wine. Last year, Paris helped launch Rich Prosecco at a “mega-party” in the Austrian Alps, and now she’s featured in its advertising campaign wearing nothing but a coat of gold paint (no golden shower jokes please people). Italian winemakers certainly are not amused, much like France and Champagne, […]

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Tiny Bubbles… In My Wine…

OK, let’s turn Don Ho off (great New Years Eve party tune by the way). Tiny bubbles may make Don happy, but they make oenophiles pretty giddy too. An old adage about Champagne is, the smaller the bubbles, the finer the wine. The tiniest bubbles are the result of long aging, as well as the […]

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