This month it is Champagne Veuve Clicquot Rich, so get ready to sip your way…
Prosecco is rising to the top of the bubblies!
A glass of bubbly elevates any occasion and Prosecco – the premium Italian variant – is leading the growth in the sparkling wine category worldwide for a number of reasons.
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Prosecco is delightfully easy-drinking: crisper, slightly sweeter and more delicate than champagne, partly owing to the Italian ‘charmant’ production process which involves fermenting in steel tanks, rather than in the bottle (as with champagne). The lively, fruity, floral ‘glera’ grapes used for Prosecco are the second reason for its undeniably fresh taste.
Secondly, at R199 per bottle for the world’s best-selling Prosecco, Mionetto (finally available in South Africa), it’s now possible to enjoy an imported, premium glass of bubbly as an everyday luxury. Made in northern Italy in an area called the Prosecco DOC, which is protected by the Italian Alps, Mionetto is the archetypal Prosecco: feminine, sophisticated and classy. At approximately 80 calories per glass (as opposed to over 200 calories per glass of red wine), it’s swiftly becoming a favourite after-work aperitif or an accompaniment to summer brunches, sundowners on the beach and the obvious choice to sip while browsing at First Thursdays.
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Thirdly, today’s consumers appreciate the tradition and craftsmanship of a beautifully-made, authentic drink. Mionetto elevates any occasion with a touch of Italian flair, offering bubbly lovers a taste of the Italian way of life. Established in 1887, it’s grounded in a longstanding tradition of uncompromising wine-making which appeals to the discerning drinker.
Available in three variants from select outlets selling high-end wines and Italian products, Mionetto Prosecco DOC Treviso Brut is a beautifully aromatic wine with notes of honey, black liquorice and acacia blossom, while the Prosecco DOC Treviso Extra Dry is a smooth, crisp wine that replaces the liquorice notes of the Brut with an unmistakable apricot fragrance. The Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG Extra Dry boasts inimitable aromas and flavours of green apple, acacia blossom and full-flowering wisteria.
Juice of half a grapefruit
Mionetto Prosecco DOC Treviso Brut
Grapefruit wedges and fresh mint leaves as a garnish
Blend Campari, vodka and grapefruit juice in a cocktail shaker, shake well and pour over ice in a pre-chilled glass. Top with Mionetto Prosecco DOC Treviso Brut. Serve garnished with grapefruit wedges and mint leaves. Cin cin!
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Candice, the Editor of Hello Joburg Magazine, is a coffee-drinking, fashion-obsessed lover of anything and everything lifestyle related. She’s also a self-confessed foodie, champagne enthusiast and devoted bargain hunter.