“What’s the difference between Franciacorta and Prosecco?”
Believe it or not, I get asked that question a lot.
People who work in the wine trade often forget that the world of sparkling wine is a bit of a mystery to most laypeople who aren’t familiar with the technical aspects of winemaking.
One thing I’ve learned as I’ve traveled across the U.S. over the last 18 months leading tastings of Franciacorta wines for trade and consumers is that even among the trade, there is a lot of confusion as to how sparkling wine is made.
One of the anecdotes that I tell to illustrate this at my tastings is the following.
Back in the 1980s (when I first came back from Italy for the first time), if you would have handed my mother (now 83) a glass of Prosecco, she would have said, “o wow, great, Champagne!”
Today, if you handed her a glass of Champagne, she’d probably say, “o wow, great, Prosecco!”
Back in the 80s, no one knew what Prosecco was in this country. Today, it’s so popular, that even Champagne is often mistaken for Prosecco.
This week, the fine bloggers over at Keeper Collection asked me to talk to them about the differences between the two wines.
Heartfelt thanks to Diane Dixon and her team for including me. And even greater thanks for all that they do to promote fine wine awareness in Texas and beyond.