Happy National Prosecco Day!
Today is all about drinking the Italian sparkling wine in celebration of its wonderful existence.
Afterall – how else would it be possible to get all the fun of champagne without the horrendous price tag?
But while the Italian bubbles might be a favourite in your wine cabinet – how much do you actually know about the drink?
Here is everything you need to know – plus a little more.
When is National Prosecco Day?
This year the date falls on a Sunday – August 13.
National Prosecco Day is always on the 13th August – with next year’s date being held on a Monday.
What is the day all about?
It’s a pretty simply one really – the day is all about celebrating Prosecco.
That means swigging as much of it back as possible, whether that be on its own, mixed as a cocktail or even eaten in a doughnut (more on that later). Responsibly of course.
It’s also a good chance to try a few new types and brands to see if you can find something a little different.
Any Prosecco drinking tips?
Yup. Marks & Spencer is offering 20% off Prosecco HERE. Drink up.
So what is Prosecco and how is it different to other sparkling wines?
The simplist explanation is that Prosecco is sparkling wine specifically made in Italy.
A more thorough explanation would be that Prosecco is all about a specific flavour created with an Italian white grape variety known as ‘Glera’ (also known as Prosecco grapes), which is grown on Italian soil and made in a uniquely Italian way. These Glera grapes are from northeast Italy.
For this reason Prosecco is completely different to Cava – made in Spain – Champagne and other sparkling wines.
Typically Prosecco has a flowery, fruity bouquet with a light flavour – with the added bonus of it being quite a bit cheaper than Champagne.
That’s because of the method used to make Prosecco. While Champagne is made with what is known as ‘the traditional method’, Prosecco makers instead use a much cheaper ‘Tanker’ or ‘Charmer’ method or in the bottle, known as the ‘Metodo Classico’. More about that on the Prosecco Club website here.
What does ‘prosecco’ mean then?
The ‘pro’ in Prosecco means ‘in favour of’ while the ‘secco’ means dry.
A bit like ‘We are in favour of drinking some dry sparkling wine’.
Is that the only national day for alcohol?
Nope. There are plenty more, and many of them fall this month.
National Rum Day for instance is August 16, National Pinot Noir Day is on August 18, National Whiskey Sour Day is on August 25 and National Red Wine Day is on August 28.
Not to mention Oktoberfest next month…
Yes. Doughnuts. Prosecco doughnuts to be precise.
Someone has gone an invented a doughnut flavoured with the crisp taste of Prosecco – with extra sprinkles – in honour of National Prosecco Day.
It’s the brainchild of Italian Prosecco maker Ruffino and small-batch doughnut company – The Doughnut Project.
The whole thing was thought up as a special treat with Ruffino said to have approached the doughnut company to see if it was possible.
The doughnut Project already have a selection of weird on wonderful flavoured doughnut from cocktail flavours, bone marrow, bacon and maple, blueberry and parsnip, beetroot and ricotta, and chilli with lemon.
There’s even a nod to fast food chain Subway with the ‘Subway Doughnut’.
‘We have done many alcohol infused doughnuts in the past,’ Leslie Polizzotto, the co-owner of The Doughnut Project, told Decanter Magazine.
‘Because of our track record, we were approached by Ruffino to do a Prosecco doughnut in honour of National Prosecco Day on 13th August.’
And so the Prosecco doughnut came into being.
Sadly there’s a catch. For now, the doughnuts will only be on offer in New York, at the West Village Morton Street shop between August 14 and August 20.
But after that who knows? No doubt someone might think about bringing the recipe over here if the whole Prosecco doughnut thing catches on.
The UK-based company ‘Pops’ has already made a Prosecco Bellini popsicle – maybe they’ll move on to doughnuts next?