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What all the buzz about this sparkler?

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LaMarca Prosecco celebrates the coming of summer and is a great sparkler for any day of the week.

That’s the message winemaker Fabrizio Gatto brought from Italy.

“I grew up in the vineyards because my father and grandfather owned vineyards south of Rome,” said winemaker Fabrizio Gatto. “I was quite clear on my future so I studied winemaking, finished my schooling and worked in California and France.

Prosecco goes well with any kind of food; even at 10 a.m. instead of coffee.”

Italian Prosecco is quickly becoming America’s fastest growing sparkling wine for several reasons:

This wine is not expensive ($17) compared to champagne. The taste is good for the American palate because it’s fruity with floral citrus and a low alcohol content of 11 percent. The bubbles are soft so imbibers can drink more than one glass.

Grown in fertile Northern Italian vineyards, the microclimate and unique soil provide the perfect growing conditions. Prosecco is made from glera, a rather neutral white wine grape, which is believed to have its beginning in early Roman times. The sparkling wine is named after the village of Prosecco where the grape is thought to have originated.

This wine is made in the Charmat method or “Italian Method.” The classic method used in champagne production would require aging the wine for several years before release, thus robbing the wine of its freshness

“LaMarca is not a wine you can age,” Gatto said. “Just buy a bottle, drink it and buy another. The back taste is very long. The important part of Prosecco is that you will always have the memory even after the wine is gone.”

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