A perfect aperitif

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Popular choice: Consumption for Prosecco has surged 20 percent in the last year. | Photo by W. Peter Hoyne

Prosecco has maintained its position as the trendy sparkling wine alternative in the global markets. With worldwide consumption for this bubbly surging 20 percent in the last year, it may be time for everyone to take notice of this success story and indulge.

Prosecco acquired its name from the village of Prosecco located in the northeastern region of Veneto, Italy. Veneto is positioned in the hillside regions just north of Venice and is protected by the Alps. This cool climate is fertile ground for white grapes, such as the Galera, which is used in the production of Prosecco. This wine is crafted using the Charmat process, where the second fermentation takes place in large tanks, rather than in the bottle, maintaining the unique quality and freshness that is true to its identity.

The LaMarca brand was formed over 40 years ago and is comprised of 7,000 local wine growers who source their fruit from 17,000 acres of vineyards in the Veneto region. The LaMarca Prosecco is pale in color with faint white floral notes. The bubbles start out coarse but later define themselves with a fine persistent style. There is an aroma of citrus zest and lemon peel, which opens to a delicate off-dry sparkling wine with kiwi, soft green apple and honeydew melon flavors. This light bodied and lively sparkler is perfect as an aperitif or whenever the moment is right.

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W. Peter Hoyne has been a wine journalist for over 20 years, covering stories of national and international significance. While his professional relationships in the wine industry have allowed him to share a unique perspective of wine, he is also intrigued by the culinary aspect and harmony that exist between wine and food. As a wine advocate, he is committed to consumer education and is focused on upcoming trends and American wine-buying habits. Email him at wphoyne@att.net.