We kicked off the Fourth of July weekend not with a bang, but with a pop! Opening up a variety of sparkling wines from Italy’s Veneto and Friuli regions added a festive spirit to the occasion as Prosecco in its various guises graced our glasses. It was certainly much safer and more enjoyable than setting off our own fireworks.
We tasted the wines blindly to better appreciate their nuances and to avoid any prejudice concerning appellation and price. All of the wines hailed from Mionetto, one of the oldest producers in the region. Founded by Francesco Mionetto, the firm dates back to 1887. Given that the producer remained the same, the real distinguishing factors among the wines were their individual origins -- whether they were from the larger DOC area or the smaller, more vaunted DOCG appellation.
Accordingly, the line-up included:
· Mionetto IL Prosecco DOC, $12.00
· Mionetto Prosecco Brut DOC, $14.00
· Mionetto Prosecco Organic Treviso DOC, $16.00
· Mionetto Prosecco Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG, $19.00
· Mionetto Prosecco Cartizze Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG, $35.00
Interestingly, since I knew which wines had been included, I was able to pick out the organic wine as well as the single vineyard Cru (Cartizze), both of which turned out to be my favorites of the bunch. Admittedly, although the base level IL was my least favorite, it was still quite refreshing and enjoyable, just with fewer aromas and less complexity than the others. For my money, the organic option offers up springtime in a glass with lovely fruit and minerality and could easily become a house sparkler anytime of the year.