The name of the varietal, Prosecco, comes from the once Slovenian village of Prosecco that became a part of North-eastern Italy in 1918. It is a white grape variety that has been cultivated since 1800, on the hillsides in this region centered on Valdobbiadene. It is best known for its delicate and aromatic fruit and floral flavors most frequently in the form of sparkling wine. Tiamo Prosecco pairs well with lighter cuisine food, especially fish/shellfish and softer cheeses. It's an ideal aperitif and with any appetizer. It is also an excellent base for cocktails –such as the Bellini or Mimosa.
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Tiamo, which simply means I love you in Italian, is a leader in certified organic wines, that represent top quality wines from the best growers in their respective regions. The selection includes a delicious Prosecco that is sourced from vineyards in the village of Valdobbiadene, a crisp but fruit forward Pinot Grigio that comes from vineyards near Treviso in the Veneto region, a beautifully soft Chianti from Montespertoli which lies in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, a robust Barbera from the Lombardy region and a delightful Rosé from Abruzzo. Several of the Tiamo wines are also available in kegs and cans.
One of the world’s most popular and playful sparkling wines, Prosecco is a specialty of northeastern Italy, spanning nine provinces of the Veneto and Fruili-Venezia Giulia regions. A higher-quality version of Prosecco wine that must meet more stringent production requirements is known as Prosecco Superiore and must come from the more rugged terrain between the towns of Valdobiaddene and Conegliano. Prosecco can be produced as a still wine, a semi-sparkling wine (“frizzante”), or a fully sparkling wine (“spumante”)—the latter being the most common. While Prosecco wine is typically produced in a “brut” (dry) style, its fresh and fruity character makes it seem a bit sweeter than it actually is. “Extra dry” styles, incorporating higher levels of residual sugar, are quite popular, however.
Prosecco wine is made from the Glera grape, which was formerly and confusingly called Prosecco, these wines are notable for pleasant flavors of peach, pear, melon, green apple, and honeysuckle. Lower pressure during the carbonation process (also called the tank method) means that the bubbles are lighter and frothier than in Champagne or other traditional method sparkling wine, and less persistent. Prosecco is also a great choice to blend with orange juice for mimosas for a classic brunch beverage.
A term typically reserved for Champagne and Sparkling Wines, non-vintage or simply “NV” on a label indicates a blend of finished wines from different vintages (years of harvest). To make non-vintage Champagne, typically the current year’s harvest (in other words, the current vintage) forms the base of the blend. Finished wines from previous years, called “vins de reserve” are blended in at approximately 10-50% of the total volume in order to achieve the flavor, complexity, body and acidity for the desired house style. A tiny proportion of Champagnes are made from a single vintage.
There are also some very large production still wines that may not claim one particular vintage. This would be at the discretion of the winemaker’s goals for character of the final wine.