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Decoding Prosecco: Understanding the Sparkle Behind Each Term

In the effervescent world of Prosecco, terms like Dry, Extra Dry, Brut, Extra Brut, and Millesimato often swirl around, each carrying its unique significance. These terms, pivotal in the sparkling wine lexicon, guide enthusiasts and connoisseurs alike through the nuanced spectrum of sweetness levels, helping to choose the perfect Prosecco for every occasion. Let's uncork the meaning behind these essential descriptors and how they shape our Prosecco experiences.

The Sweetness Spectrum of Prosecco

- Dry Prosecco: Contrary to what its name might suggest, Dry Prosecco is the sweetest among the bunch, with sugar levels ranging from 17 to 32 grams per liter. Its sweetness makes it a versatile companion for a variety of culinary adventures, from spicy ethnic dishes to fresh seafood and even dried pastries. Dry Prosecco's unique profile encourages bold and creative pairings, offering a delightful contrast to enhance both flavors and experiences.

- Extra Dry Prosecco: This category might sound misleading, as "extra dry" suggests a lack of sweetness. However, with sugar content between 12 and 17 grams per liter, Extra Dry Prosecco offers a smooth mouthfeel balanced by a lively acidity. It shines as an aperitif or alongside delicate dishes such as white meat and fresh cheese, elevating the dining experience with its refined taste.

- Brut Prosecco: With less than 12 grams of sugar per liter, Brut Prosecco stands out for its intense, lightly fruity flavor and pronounced acidity. Its versatility makes it an excellent choice throughout a meal, pairing splendidly with main courses, white meats, fish, vegetables, and cheeses. Brut Prosecco's adaptability and character make it a favorite among those who appreciate a drier sparkling wine.

- Extra Brut Prosecco: At the driest end of the spectrum, Extra Brut Prosecco contains between 0 and 5 grams of sugar per liter. Its markedly dry character makes it an ideal match for main dishes, especially those featuring shellfish or grilled fish. Extra Brut Prosecco complements the flavors of the sea, enhancing the meal with its crisp, clean taste.

- Millesimato Prosecco: This term signifies a Prosecco made with at least 85% of grapes from the same vintage, highlighting the year of harvest on the label. Millesimato Prosecco offers a glimpse into the character of a specific year, allowing wine lovers to appreciate the nuances brought forth by that season's climate and conditions.

At Wine Affairs, a premier wine distributor located in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, NY, we're dedicated to guiding you through the vibrant world of Prosecco. Whether you're seeking a Dry Prosecco for an adventurous pairing or a Brut for a classic meal accompaniment, our curated selection is designed to meet your discerning tastes. For personalized consultations and to explore our collection, reach out to Nello at Let us enhance your wine journey with quality, passion, and expertise.

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