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What is Prosecco?

Prosecco is the Italian answer to Champagne. A sparkling alcoholic drink that is made from late-ripening white grapes from the Veneto region, it is served chilled, and makes a nice accompaniment to salty prosciutto.

It was Prosecco, not Champagne, that was originally mixed with peach puree for the elegant cocktail known as the Bellini. Prosecco is a protected designation that can only be used on wines made from the Prosecco grape in the Conegliano/Valdobbiadene region of Italy. Unfortunately for Prosecco purists, this is indeed where Rich Prosseco, the maker of the Paris Hilton-shilled Prosecco in a can, gets it wine.

Blog: Prosecco vs. prosciutto (Eat DC)
Reference: What is prosciutto? (Cookthink)
Blog: Prosecco makers: it's swanky, not skanky (Cookthink)
Recipe: Bellini (Hair of the Dog)

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