While sparkling wines are usually associated with special occasions, we think every day is cause for a celebration if you have a bottle of Prosecco. This sparkling Italian charmer, which is made primarily with Glera grapes, can only be produced in a few provinces of Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia.
Don’t squirrel your Prosecco away in anticipation of festive events, this bubbly is meant to be enjoyed young…so in other words right now. New job? Prosecco! Friends coming over? Prosecco! Make it to the middle of the week in one piece? Prosecco!
Here are 10 bottles that will add a little glamor and glimmer no matter the day.
Mongarda 2013 Dosaggio Zero (Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore); $24, 93 points. Here’s a smooth, delicious Prosecco that will satisfy both the novice and the sophisticated wine lover. It opens with lovely aromas of pressed wild flower, apple and a whiff of pastry dough that follow through to the palate along with pear, tangerine zest and a hint of almond. An elegant mousse and crisp acidity offset the creamy flavors. It has lingering bone-dry finish. David Bowler Wine. Editors’ Choice.–Kerin O’Keefe
Nino Franco 2015 Nodi Brut (Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore); $49, 93 points. Delicate, compelling aromas of ripe pear, lily of the valley and pressed acacia flower mingle with a whiff of aromatic herbs. The smooth, silky palate delivers yellow apple and white peach alongside a creamy mousse and fresh acidity. A lovely sparker of pedigree and finesse. Terlato Wines International.–K.K.
Andreola 2016 Dirupo Brut (Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore); $19, 92 points. Fresh and balanced, this bright savory sparkler delivers mouthfuls of green apple, white peach and lemon peel. Crisp acidity keeps it refreshing while a soft mousse gives it plenty of finesse. It has a dry juicy finish. Siena Imports. Editors’ Choice. –K.K.
Bisol 2016 Crede Brut (Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore); $21, 92 points. Enticing scents of white flowers and citrus blossom lead the nose of this elegant wine. Silky and crisp, the bright palate delivers yellow apple, pear and a tangy hint of tangerine, framed in vibrant acidity and a polished perlage. Wilson Daniels Ltd. Editors’ Choice.–K.K.
Case Paolin NV Organic Brut (Asolo Prosecco Superiore); $25, 91 points. Fragrant yellow flower, crushed thyme, Bartlett pear and citrus aromas carry over to the dry vibrant palate together with green apple and crisp acidity. Small, continuous bubbles lend finesse. T. Elenteny Imports.–K.K.
Terre di San Venanzio Fortunato NV Brut (Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore); $19, 90 points. Smooth and fresh, this has delicate scents of wild flower, lemon and a whiff of crushed herb. On the bright, creamy palate, crisp acidity and a polished, foaming mousse offset green apple, white peach and citrus zest. Artisan Wines, Inc.–K.K.
Bortolomiol 2016 Bandarossa (Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore); $20, 90 points. Delicate, enticing aromas of fragrant spring flower, crushed herb and white stone fruit float out of the glass. Silky but vibrant, the palate doles out white peach, nectarine zest and ripe apple alongside racy acidity and a continuous perlage. Wine Warehouse Imports.–K.K.
Althéa NV Dry (Prosecco Superiore di Cartizze); $24, 90 points. Citrus blossom, honeysuckle and acacia honey aromas mingle together on this off-dry silky sparkler. It’s bright, creamy and refined, doling out sweet white peach, glazed almond and candied lemon peel alongside a lively polished perlage.–K.K.
Perlage 2016 Col di Manza Extra Dry (Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore); $25, 90 points. Made with organically farmed grapes, this opens with alluring scents of honeysuckle, hawthorn and white stone fruit. The silky palate delivers white peach, nectarine and green apple framed in bright acidity and a delicately foaming mousse. The Triton Collection.–K.K.
Mionetto NV Luxury Dry (Prosecco Superiore di Cartizze); $35, 90 points. Aromas of ripe pear and green apple follow over to the rich creamy palate along with notes of nectarine and glazed lemon drop. Bright acidity provides freshness while a soft mousse lends finesse. Mionetto USA.–K.K.