• Alyssa Roberts

It's National Prosecco Day!

A warm summer evening where the sun nuzzles its rays between branches, gaze triumphant at the seamless pop of a bottle. A fresh and bubbly aroma swirls into the air in light sprays. It enhances the already exuberant emotions of guests and celebrants alike. Nothing says “Congratulations” like a bottle of light bodied Prosecco with medium acidity and a sweet palette consisting of melon, pear, apple, peach and honeysuckle.

Today, August 13, 2021, is National Prosecco Day: a day that commemorates the number one celebratory wine and marks the inevitable end of summer. To honor this delicious beverage, we are detailing its history and production as well as sharing facts almost as refreshing as the drink itself. Prosecco is quite the historic masterpiece dating back to 1754 where it is first mentioned in a poem written by Aureliano Acanti. Despite this first written account, historians believe it dates even further back to 200 B.C. where Romans referred to it as “Puccino.” Glera grapes are responsible for this sparkling white wine, but it is North Eastern Italy that encompasses the Prosecco region. White wines manufactured elsewhere cannot share the name in order to protect the specific characteristics of the glera grape.

So we know the type of grape Prosecco is made with, but how do they make it? Do they have special methods? Well, first it’s worth noting that Prosecco must be made with at least 85% glera with 15% deriving from local and international varieties like chardonnay and perrera. Known as the Charmot method, the process involves a second fermentation, but this time in large closed tanks that trap a fermentation byproduct: carbon dioxide. After 1-9 months, the liquid is filtered and sweetened then bottled under pressure. So yes, there is a special method.

To add to this influx of knowledge:

  • Prosecco shortages have caused world-wide panic (dubbed “The Great Prosecco Shortage of 2016”)

  • The cork can reach up to 25 mph in speed

  • Not all Proseccos are sparkling

  • Aged Prosecco does not exist

  • Prosecco is more popular than Champagne

  • The best Prosecco is found in Treviso (1 hour from Venice)

Today is THE day to let loose: celebrate glera grapes and new changes with a bottle of Prosecco! Spend the night out with good company or cheers from different major cities -- because sending a Gesture is that easy.


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