While the rest of the country laments the rapid approach of fall, those of us in South Florida understand that our reality is different — and not just because we live with the grim understanding that we might find a toilet iguana in our house on any given day.
We know that our hottest season is a long way from over. The flying cockroach has seen its shadow, and we’re due for six more weeks of summer. Or maybe more like six months. And by now, you’ve been drinking rosé since the weather turned hot (March), and you’re sick of it because not drinking rosé this summer is apparently now punishable by death or a sentence of 25 years of drinking jug wine or both.
In any case, let us offer up an alternative: Prosecco — just in time for National Prosecco Day on Aug. 13.
You have questions about Prosecco. We have answers. If we don’t, we’ll make them up.
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What is Prosecco?
Prosecco is a sparkling wine from Italy.“Secco” means dry. “Pro” means “in favor of,” as in “We are pro-drinking some or maybe even a lot of wine.”
So Prosecco is basically the same as Champagne?
No. It’s made mostly from the Glera grape (as opposed to Chardonnay/Pinot Noir/Pinot Meunier grapes, which is what Champagne is usually made from in addition to fairy dust and your wildest dreams). Good Prosecco also has — and this is crucial — a much lower price than good Champagne. If your wine budget is anything like mine, good Prosecco falls into it. Good Champagne is only a choice if your Lotto numbers come in.
So then Prosecco isn’t snooty. It’s more egalitarian, right?
Yes. Here’s proof: “Prosecco Pong” exists.
When is the best time to drink Prosecco?
Here’s the beauty of this beverage: Nobody will judge you if you drink it for breakfast. Try to pour yourself a nice malbec with your scrambled eggs. People will mutter about you, call you unflattering names and hint you have a problem. But pour a little Prosecco into your orange juice instead, and everyone is all, “Cheers! Where are we having brunch next week? Oh, wait, we’re not millennials. We don’t have to brunch. We can stay in our sweatpants all day.”
Can I mix Prosecco with other liquids?
Absolutely, especially if you have purchased a modestly priced Prosecco.
Here are some good things to uses as mixers:
▪ Orange juice: A mimosa shows a lack of imagination that you must weigh against the benefits of being socially acceptable while day drinking.
▪ Peach puree: A Bellini sounds much classier than a mimosa, though making your own peach puree sounds like work to me. Firing up the blender is exhausting.. If you buy your peaches pre-pureed, we will not judge.
▪ Pomegranate juice: This is our favorite Prosecco mix. Not only is it a lovely color, but also a Pom/Prosecco cocktail isn’t as sweet as a Bellini nor is it as pedestrian as a mimosa. Plus Pom tells us it is a super healthy drink that will allow us all to live forever. OK, I made that last thing up, but this would be a great mix even if it was bad for you. We paired our Pom with a bottle of fruity Riondo Prosecco Spago Nero (which retails for $14.99), and we felt virtuous drinking it.