An Italian sparkling wine that provides a delicate but crisp flavor with a light effervescence. Named for the Prosecco variety of grape used to produce this wine, Prosecco is a white wine that is slightly lighter and somewhat fruiter tasting than Champagne, offering a hint of pear, apple and peach overtones as its consumed, rather than a complex mixture of flavors and aromas. Produced as the result of the second fermentation of a base wine, Prosecco is seldom aged longer than a month, being bottled shortly after leaving the tanks used for its production. When served, this variety of sparkling wine which is very similar to a Spumante, goes well with appetizers or as a drink prior to dinner, serving it like an aperitif to stimulate the appetite. It also can be served with lighter entrees such as poultry, seafood, and pasta in white sauces.
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