Prosecco is a beverage that has just recently started being sold by the glass in restaurants all over the city I live in, but there are still a lot of people who have no idea what it is.
I was introduced to this dry, Italian sparkling wine when I spent a semester of university in Cortona, Italy. Made from Glera grapes, some consider it to be a less expensive version of champagne — and like champagne — this beverage is served chilled.
Unlike champagne, Prosecco does not need time to ferment and should be drunk as young as possible. Also unlike champagne, this beverage is not reserved for special occasions, but drunk like regular wine in its home country.
It is characterized by being crisp and fresh with hints of apple, pear, white peach and apricot flavors, making it the perfect drink to pair with fresh cheese. (It is also great just on its own!)
So, the next time you see it on a menu, or on the shelves of your local liquor store, do as the Italians do and have a glass. You might be surprised by how much you like it!