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What to Drink Now: Prosecco

What's not to love about this crisp and refreshing wine?

Prosecco is one of the easiest to love sparkling wines on the market, this is due to its crisp, bright, and refreshing nature.

The Prosecco DOC Consortium recently received approval for the use of additional acreage (around 1,400 hectares or about 4,000 acres) of Glera (the main variety used in the production of Prosecco) for the 2017 harvest of Prosecco DOC. Though the additional acreage does not classify as DOC status fruit, the quality and farming regulations do follow the guidelines set by the Italian government for the region in 2011.

As the demand continues to grow for quality Prosecco, these additional vineyards ensure there will be enough of Italy’s favorite bubbly to supply the growing global need. In other words, if you aren’t sipping Prosecco, now is the time to jump on board. Here are a few to sip and enjoy. (Some were sent for editorial consideration.)

One of the finest, earthy, terroir-driven Proseccos from high elevation vineyards planted on steep slopes near Treviso, Italy, is Adami. Vineyards have been planted in the area since the early 1600s, with Adami forming their family estate in 1920, presenting their first Prosecco in 1933. Adami Garbel layers white flowers, stone fruit, and herbal notes for an inviting, gastronomic sparkler. ($17 at Pogo’s.)

Mionetto Prosecco recently relaunched their “pink corks for a cause” campaign for the third year in a row, just in time for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Now through Halloween, the winery has hidden pink corks in bottles of Mionetto Prestige Prosecco Brut (SRP $14) and Mionetto Prestige Rosé (SRP $14). If you find a pink cork, you win! Initially a pink 5-speed hand mixer, and you’ll be entered into a Grand Prize Drawing for a $10,000 charitable donation given to the breast cancer charity of the winner’s choice. Texas charities have benefited well from this campaign, with The Bridge Breast Network in Dallas and Texas Wings in Selma, receiving donations last year. Keep an eye out. (Bottles available at Goody-Goody.)

Though produced in a Brut style, La Marca DOCG Prosecco pops with a fruit-forward sweetness that makes it a perfect base for morning cocktails like bellinis and mimosas. The $10 price makes it an even more attractive pairing.

Tommasi Prosecco Tenuta Filodora selects the finest vineyards from their estate to produce their balanced, fresh and inviting sparkler with notes of wildflowers, almond, and ginger. ($16 at Wine.com.)

Zonin adds a sense of place, and style, to their refreshing Prosecco with Zonin Grey blending Pinot Grigio fruit with Glera, focusing the palate and creating a sparkler with golden apple and ripe pear. ($22, widely available.)

Da Luca Prosecco layers white peach and citrus for a juicy bubbly that is slightly lower in alcohol than some, around 11%. ($12 at Goody-Goody.)

If celebrating fall with a porch party or impromptu barbecue, consider picking up mini Martini & Rossi Prosecco bottles. Available in either the classic 750ml or adorable mini 187ml size, Martini & Rossi is a super crisp, frothy, food-friendly Prosecco, perfect for picnic pairing with grilled fish, chicken or light pasta dishes. And, all for a great price. ($15 for the 750ml bottle, or $15 for 4-mini bottles at Total Wine.)

If you prefer your bubbles in a Rose style, Ruffino Brut Rose starts with a similar fruit forward palate, but finishes with hints of bitter orange, giving the fresh wine a savory note, ideal for pairing with brunch favorites like Canadian Bacon and omelets. ($15, widely available.)

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