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Prosecco Craze

What is it with this universal pushing of Prosecco wine?

For example, Groupon must offer at least one discount voucher deal a week of a meal "with Prosecco" or "with unlimited Prosecco".

Prosecco is a white Italian wine which comes in fizzy and (occasionally) still versions. As a red meat fan, I would rarely have occasion to drink white wine. So I don't take up the offers. It seems to be a misguided marketing model.

(The upmarket offers feature champagne, something I have never liked and associate with giggling females who seem to think it is giving them a good time).

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(The upmarket offers feature champagne, something I have never liked and associate with giggling females who seem to think it is giving them a good time).

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Likewise Asti Spumante, or Lambrusco ("for girls who just wanna have fun").

I suspect it is just the latest fad amongst upwardly mobile wine drinkers who like to appear sophisticated. The wine merchants and growers are only too happy to indulge this fantasy

Before Prosecco we had Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Mateus Rose and Blue Nun; and for those with impeccable taste, a bottle of Concorde!

I personally enjoy a glass of Prosecco, but then I spend a lot of time in Italy, where Prosecco has for many years been a reasonably priced and popular wine enjoyed with white meat, fish and pasta.

Indeed, many Italian restaurants sell it by the carafe as a house wine. I must say I am always pleasantly surprised by how one's outlook on life changes for the better after a carafe or two.
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Re: Prosecco Craze

Abbot bitter is as sophisticated as I get!

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Re: Prosecco Craze

There are some miserable folk on this forum, how about a bit of live and let live.

Re Mateus Rose, many years a go in the 60s no young persons dwelling was complete without a table lamp made out of a Mateus Rose bottle and a bulb holder, and how we had fun thinking ourselves very sophisticated drinking the liquid.

As time passed MR disappeared into the mists of time along with Blue Nun and Lutomer Riesling.

A couple of years ago we went on an old folks boat trip on the Douro and low and behold visited the Mateus Rose Palace that appears on the wine label. For details go to Wikipedia. As a special treat we were offered a glass of the MR, the taste was not as good as the memories of drinking it in the 60s. A bit like life really.

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Don't forget Hirondelle!
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Or Black Tower. Personally I always thought that Chianti wicker bottles made much classier table lamps than Mateus Rosť.

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As a special treat we were offered a glass of the MR, the taste was not as good as the memories of drinking it in the 60s. A bit like life really.
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Chianti wicker covered bottles had to be hung from hooks on the wall.
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Did the ladies request a well hung one?

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Indeed, many Italian restaurants sell it by the carafe as a house wine. I must say I am always pleasantly surprised by how one's outlook on life changes for the better after a carafe or two.
Which (assuming it doesn't come from a bottle) is actually illegal and not permitted to be called prosecco.

Prosecco is quite nice really but I can't drink too much is it tends to be a bit sweet unless you get a really good one. I guess therein lies its attraction, its highly drinkable, decent value and cheaper than Champagne so you too can pretend to live the high life (although in some instances I would chose prosecco over champagne anyway - depends on mood).

Cava isn't as trendy as not everything can be trendy at the same time and probably suffered a little from the supermarket Cava wars a few years back, also it tends to be less fruity which puts the 'girls on town' lot off (apologies for my appalling sexism). Still, good Cava is fabulous (if a little tricky to come by in the UK).
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Which (assuming it doesn't come from a bottle) is actually illegal and not permitted to be called prosecco.

Prosecco is quite nice really but I can't drink too much is it tends to be a bit sweet unless you get a really good one. I guess therein lies its attraction, its highly drinkable, decent value and cheaper than Champagne so you too can pretend to live the high life (although in some instances I would chose prosecco over champagne anyway - depends on mood).

Cava isn't as trendy as not everything can be trendy at the same time and probably suffered a little from the supermarket Cava wars a few years back, also it tends to be less fruity which puts the 'girls on town' lot off (apologies for my appalling sexism). Still, good Cava is fabulous (if a little tricky to come by in the UK).
My son discovered alchohol relatively recently and is buying all sorts of beers and spirits. I think some Cava passed through here recently. He has a bottle of Absinthe, which makes the heart grow fonder.

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Re: Prosecco Craze

Old Speckled Hen is not bad if you can't get Abbot. I have great memories of Old Thumper when I was in Hampshire a few years ago.

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Old Speckled Hen is not bad.

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Nothing like the original brew made by Morlands of Abingdon though. Another brewery Greene King brought and closed.

I'm quite partial to Cava myself, at the moment my favorite wine tipple is a good Pouilly Fume. Be something else in a few weeks.
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Don't worry Pinot Grigio will soon be back in fashion!
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