Valdobbiadene Docg Uncorked: Casa Bianca Brut Prosecco Superiore

“Frame your mind to mirth and merriment, which bars a thousand harms and lengthens life.” - William Shakespeare, from The Taming of the Shrew

It's another Friday, and you can see the weekend from here. Woo-hoo, what better way to celebrate, than with a bit of "mirth and merriment" in the form of Casa Bianca Brut Prosecco in your glass. I personally don't drink much prosecco, but I know many of my readers do and so too do average vino-sapiens looking for what can only be described as 'budget' bubbly. That's not a bad connotation at all, it's a statement of what is real. Not everyone is going pop open a bottle of Krug to celebrate the weekend, most are in fact, going to grab a chilled bottle of Prosecco, from the end capped cold box of their favorite chain store, read that grocery store.

I've tasted boatloads of different Prosecco over the years, most, in my opinion, the majority is yawn-worthy. While that is true, beyond any peradventure of doubt, the other side of that coin; there's some outstanding Prosecco's which are worth your time and attention. This bottle, from this producer, is a direction and style which helps stifle my built-in sneer when it comes to garden-variety Prosecco. 

The truth is, in general, most basic Prosecco, sports gobs of RS, but it is what sells, and what sells keeps the lights on, so who could blame anyone for giving the people what they want. You, can't and would be foolish to do so. But for those of you unimpressed as I am with gobsmacks of residual sugar in pedestrian quick turn bubbly and prefer the better refined drier styles, then the 'brut' style from this producer is one you'll want to get to know better. 

Casa Bianca Valdobbiadene Prosecco Brut DOCG NV: In the glass, this wine appeared to have light to medium intensity and the core was a straw in color, while the clarity was clear. A wonderfully aromatic wine, sporting vibrant florals, lime splash, honey-crisp apples, underripe pears and a drop of honey. The taste was dry, the acidity was crisp, and the body was light and airy. 

The tannins were low to moderate. The overall flavor profile was underripe pears, lime peels, freshly cut honey-crisp apple slices, and wet-stone minerality. This wine made in the Charmant method and the style was Brut, and often a majority chain store Prosecco's are not produced in Brut style. The finish was long and lasting, vividly fresh.

Perfect Pairing: Fresh on the minds of many, is what to pair? May I suggest an uber simple dish, sauteed shrimp, garlic, Italian spices, olive oil, paprika and voila you have a great low-carb keto inspired recipe you could throw in with a garden salad. I'm at least 90 points on this pairing.

Wow, so talk about 'sustainability,' Casa Bianca, a century-old producer, found in northern Italy between the areas of Asolo, Conegliano, and Valdobbiadene on a thirty-hectare plot. A bubbly producing house, the Palla family holds onto to its rich winemaking culture, while firmly embracing modern advances in winemaking science and viticulture.

The tradition of the family lives on in each bottle, harvesting the best of what the terroir gives them, meeting the challenges of good and bad vintages on the steps of the Alps and overcoming them to produce wonderfully authentic wines from the Glera grape. According to Exploring Wine, these wines may equally be labeled as 'Conegliano-Prosecco' or 'Valdobbiadene-Prosecco.'

The wine we tasted is just one among a variety of bottlings they offer; I would dare say, the majority of them are not available stateside and a majority of them are Extra Dry, which is not a favorite. I scored this wine 87 points and is recommended as a pleasing aperitif to start off any meal. Until next time folks, remember life is short, drink what you like, slurp long and prosper cheers!


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