My best friend Jenna moved to Atlanta last week which I’m very excited about us being in the same city again. We lived in New Orleans and Los Angeles at the same time, and now we’ve reunited and it feels so good. I took her out to celebrate and when I asked the bartender what bottles of champagne he had, he said “Prosecco.” I said to myself “Prosecco isn’t Champagne”, but resisted the urge to say it to the bartender and proceeded to order a bottle to toast the night away.
The energies of my internal debate over champagne vs. prosecco must have been felt by Town and Country Magazine because I read a recent article on their website clarifying this, for some, confusing topic.
“While Champagne may be the most commonly known sparkling wine, it’s often *not* champagne that you’re drinking—because while every Champagne is sparkling wine, not every sparkling wine is Champagne. The one that set the gold standard, Champagne is the most popular and most requested sparkling wine by far. Produced in the Champagne region of France (hence the name), these wines are produced with three types of grapes: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meaner. (Note that some sparkling wines made in England and the U.S. use a lowercase “c” to denote a sparkling wine that is like Champagne, but not from France.)
[Prosecco] is a hugely popular sparkling wine that is loved by U.S.-drinkers. It’s a dry, white Italian wine that’s been fermented, but unlike Champagne it does *not* get better with age, since it’s made with Prosecco grapes.”
So if you didn’t know, now you know.