Champagne and Prosecco; both are fizzy, delicious and always mean there’s something to celebrate (even if it’s just the fact the weekend has arrived!) With the UK consumption of Prosecco now over-taking that of Champagne, we put them both to the test to pick our favourite tipple…
If Champagne is the traditional, refined mother of sparkling wines, then Prosecco is her effervescent cousin from out of town, bringing life and soul to the party!
Champagne is said to have been created in 1693 by Benedictine Monk Dom Perignon. Bubbles in wine were originally considered to be a fault, but after years of trying to de-bubble the wine, Perignon tasted one of his ‘failed’ creations and exclaimed, “Come quickly! I am tasting the stars!”
It may surprise you to learn Prosecco was produced as far back as Roman times! Originally very sweet, techniques have improved over recent years, leading to the higher quality, dryer sparkling wine that is so popular today. In 2013 Prosecco outsold champagne throughout the world for the first time!
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What’s in a Name?
The name Champagne is synonymous with luxury, and refers to the wine producing region in North East France. Produced using the lengthy and expensive traditional method; Méthode Champernoise, Champagne consists of a blend of three types of grape, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunir.
Prosecco used to be the name of the grape that is grown in the rolling hills of North East Italy (now known as the Glera grape) and is produced using an efficient and affordable method called the Tank Method. Unlike Champagne, Prosecco is intended to be drunk when it is young and fresh, usually within a year of its vintage.
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From the first kiss of tasty bubbles, Champagne and Prosecco both offer an experience for all the senses.
The primary flavours of Champagne are citrus, almond, white cherry, peach and toast. Although we tend to drink Champagne on its own, its dryness and acidity works wonderfully with delicately flavoured canapes, white fish and seafood.
Prosecco has a refreshing hint of honeysuckle, honeydew melon, green apple, pear and cream. It’s gentle, frothy bubbles and fruity, floral aroma makes the perfect aperitif, or the ideal match for cured meats, cheese and sushi.
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An hours’ drive from La Croix du Vieux Pont will take you to the heart of the Champagne region. Take a tour of the world famous estates including Moet & Chandon, Tattinger and Veuve Cliquot, for the ultimate in bottled glamour! Learn about the time-honoured tradition of making champagne and pop a cork or two along the way!
Stay at Portofelice Camping Village and partake in the Prosecco Wine Route, for wonderful panoramic views, cascading waterfalls and of course the tastings! With over 40 wine-makers offering samples at the cellar door to thrill your taste-buds, it truly is Prosecco heaven!
So, which is the winner of the battle of the bubbles? I have to say that while I love a flute of chilled Champagne as a celebratory treat, the light and fruity flavour of Prosecco, along with its affordable price, makes it the perfect holiday tipple.
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