Asti Spumante Martini
Grapes: Muscat Blanc
Prosecco, Italy’s famed sparkling wine, and the name of the white grape that is used to produce the bubbly itself, hails from the Veneto region, in the northeast of the Italian boot and it’s typically a fantastic value wine find – as versatile as it is economical. The dominant Prosecco producing towns are Valdobbiadene and Conegliano. A good prosecco will offer delicate fruit and enticing aromatics, lots of bubbles (spumante) or lightly-bubbled (frizzante) and usually lie on the dry to off-dry side of the style spectrum. More expensive bottles will add more fruit vigour, more balance and loads of high-intensity aromatics. On the palate you can expect Prosecco to deliver ripe assorted apple, pear, some citrus and often a dash of nutty almond flavouring.
Prosecco is made using the Charmat method, making these wines a first rate wine to drink young and fresh. In general, Prosecco yields lower alcohol levels than many of its still wine counterparts and is best consumed within 2 years of release. Prosecco has another claim to fame, as Venice’s popular Bellini cocktail is traditionally made with Prosecco and peach puree. If you are looking for a food-friendly, guest-friendly, easy-going, value-conscious, festive, sparkling white wine find – you will be hard pressed to do better than Italy’s popular Prosecco. Serve well-chilled.
Food Pairing Options:
Give Prosecco a go with Prosciutto, stuffed mushrooms, creamy sauces, almonds, seafood, fried fare, spicy Asian entrées and even potato chips or buttered popcorn. This is a very forgiving, food-friendly sparkling wine option.
The company started in the mid-19th century, as a vermouth bottling plant in Pessione — the Distilleria Nazionale di Spirito di Vino. Three men came to dominate the company, businessman Alessandro Martini, winemaker Luigi Rossi and accountant Teofilo Sola, and in 1863 they changed the name to Martini, Sola & Cia. The Sola family sold out in 1879, and the company became known as Martini & Rossi.
1892 – The business is taken over by Rossi’s four sons.
1929 – The Martini Ball & Bar logo is registered for the first time.
1930 – Rossi’s grandsons take over control of the company.
1977 – The company is restructured with the creation of the General Beverage Corporation.
1993 – Martini & Rossi merged with Bacardi
Since the earliest days, Martini have marketed their products aggressively, with some memorable TV advertising and sponsoring events under their MARTINI Terrazza logo. The company has been involved in motor racing sponsorship under the Martini Racing banner since 1968, and is now a main sponsor of Scuderia Ferrari.