Yesterday (13th August), the United Kingdom dedicated an entire day to the appreciation of our favourite bubbly booze – although perhaps ‘favourite’ is a little bit of an understatement. Last year, Brits consumed an astounding third of all Italian DOC Prosecco produced in that year. That’s approximately 115 million bottles… good work, people! What’s more, this figure is only set to rise, with new vines being planted and increasing production meaning that Prosecco is set to grace our dinner tables, quiet nights in on the sofa and special celebrations for the foreseeable future.
The nation’s favourite fizz: Prosecco
The entire drinks industry has been rather astonished in recent years at the meteoric rise in the popularity of Prosecco. Between 2014 and 2016, Prosecco production increased by almost 50%, a staggering statistic and one that shows just how enthusiastically we have adopted Prosecco as our sparkling wine of choice.
In other rather excellent news, we are also happy to inform you that Prosecco has significantly fewer calories per glass that a normal glass of wine (perhaps this is the reason why so many of us are consuming it with such gusto). The average glass of wine has about 125 calories, but you’re only consuming 90 calories in your glass of Prosecco.
Prosecco however, is never just Prosecco. There are all sorts of styles to try. If you’re a fan of this classic Italian fizz, check our our piece on 6 things you should know about Prosecco to find out more.
A New Prosecco from Freixenet
Now, you may be more familiar with Freixenet as producers of stunning world-class Spanish Cava… but make no mistake, Freixenet are also holding their own when it comes to Prosecco! In fact, it’s highly likely that you’ve spotted their distinctive and rather beautiful cut-glass bottles gracing the shelves of various supermarkets. Never fear though, the gorgeous glass doesn’t mean that this fizz is out of your price range – it’s incredibly reasonably priced and a great way to add a touch of glamour to your table.
Taste-wise, Freixenet fizz is the definition of an easy-drinking crowd pleaser. All the usual Prosecco flavours are there, with delicious crunchy notes of green apple and citrus fruits playing on the palate thanks to those gorgeous Glera grapes. However, Freixenet has eschewed some of the sharp finish that’s characteristic of many Proseccos, instead offering a tempting splash of sweetness which is as gentle as it is delicious. Without a doubt one of the most drinkable Proseccos around and the perfect plus-one for any celebration!
Pick up a bottle of Freixenet Prosecco (you can’t miss it) at Tesco, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and ASDA. It’s currently on offer, reduced from £12 to £9… so what are you waiting for?!
Want to meet another Prosecco producer that’s a bit of in Icon? Read all about Mionetto here. Or if going to the region is more up your street, why not take a look at our Prosecco tours and Venice wine tastings over on Winerist.com. Cin cin!