November 29, 2017 at 10:44 pm #728135
I need help! One of my coworkers is from France and she’s been going through an extremely difficult time this year. I’d like to get her a “pamper yourself” gift for Christmas, including a bath bomb from Lush, a coupon for a massage, and a bottle of Prosecco. Problem is, I know next to nothing about how to tell a good kind of Prosecco – I literally just started drinking it myself.
What should I get her? I’d like to keep it below $20 just so it doesn’t feel too extravagant.
Thank you in advance!November 30, 2017 at 12:05 am #728143
I don’t have any recommendations for specific brands, but Trader Joe’s is one of my go-to places when I want relatively inexpensive alcohol. At Thanksgiving my family had a prosecco I really liked from Costco — I’ll see if I can track down the name of it from my momma.November 30, 2017 at 5:56 am #728158
Prosecco is Italian, not French, so I wouldn’t worry about that. I don’t think it’s a wine where people are too picky about brand. I just like it on the dry side, not overly sweet.
Mionetto is always good.November 30, 2017 at 8:24 am #728162
Side question – when did Prosecco become so popular?November 30, 2017 at 8:45 am #728163
I started drinking it in the 90s when I lived in Italy for a couple years, but I noticed it getting popular here maybe 8-10 years ago. It’s like champagne but sweeter and cheaper and is a great mixer in cocktails.November 30, 2017 at 9:26 am #728167
I’ve tried it a couple times and I thinks it’s so overly sweet. But, sounds like it might be good as a mixer!November 30, 2017 at 9:57 am #728169
I typically shy away from Prosecco too because of the sweetness. I tend to buy Cava (Spain) when I want bubbles. Freixenet is good and inexpensive and you can find almost anywhere. And it’s fun because it’s a black bottle! Looks fancy. The husband knows his bubbles, whether sparkling wine, cava, prosecco or champagne. I’d have to ask him what $20ish bottle he buys.November 30, 2017 at 9:58 am #728170
Thank you! I think I did know it’s Italian (I only started drinking it super recently) but she has mentioned she liked it. She’s not a big drinker but she does like that.
I wanted to do a little more than my usual “wander into Kroger and get whatever looks best” that I do for myself/to take to parties. Heh.November 30, 2017 at 10:17 am #728172
I like Freixenet also. I haven’t noticed that it tastes different from Prosecco, but it’s good!
Prosecco is good mixed with different liqueurs that might have a more herbal or bitter taste, like Saint Germaine, Aperol. I’m fine drinking it on its own too.November 30, 2017 at 10:29 am #728175
I, too, like a prosecco that is on the dry side. That said, if someone gave me a bottle of something they know I like, I wouldn’t be upset in the least if it wasn’t my favorite or not what I’d pick out for myself. I’d be glad about the gesture.November 30, 2017 at 1:16 pm #728189
@Copa – thank you! That makes me feel less pressure about getting exactly the right kind. 🙂November 30, 2017 at 4:52 pm #728213
La Marca! It comes in a beautiful bottle with a blue label and is about $15. Definitely my favorite among all prosecco brands.