Bubbly on St. Patrick’s Day

Sláinte, or cheers, to St. Patrick’s Day! I know you should celebrate with green beer or Guinness, but I usually celebrate holidays with bubbly. This time, I had some Avissi Prosecco on hand. The name “Avissi” comes from the delightful fizzy sound the bubbles make as they happily rise in the glass.

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Historians believe Italian wine has been produced for some 4,000 years. This one comes from the Veneto region in Italy’s rolling Treviso Hills, just to the north of Venice and sandwiched between the Dolomites and the Adriatic Sea.

It is made from 100% Glera grapes, which was formerly and confusingly called Prosecco, and is handcrafted with great care to capture characteristic qualities of Prosecco. Lower pressure during the carbonation process makes the bubbles are lighter and frothier than in Champagne or other traditional method sparkling wine, and less persistent.

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The wine is straw-yellow in color and has fine bubbles. It’s floral on the nose and is very fresh. It’s light and crisp, with notes of apple and pear – a bit of yeastiness too. It’s dry and on the acidic side, leaving you with a bit of a pucker. I found it at Total Wine for $11.99, so it’s on the cheaper side of the spectrum. I wanted to like this, but I just didn’t. I would, though, use this for mimosas or to top off a good margarita. 2.5/5. Cheers!

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