Beyond Bubbles: Exploring the Hidden Nooks and Crannies of Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore
Prosecco can rightfully be considered the world’s most popular wine, yet it is also one of the most misunderstood. First of all, many people are not aware there’s more than one of them (two brand new Prosecco appellations were created in 2009). And, while many—consumer and professional alike—view Prosecco as a pleasant but frivolous inexpensive alternative to more illustrious ‘serious’ sparkling wines, there’s actually much more to the quintessential Italian bubbly than meets the eye. In this session we will take a full-immersion groundbreaking journey into the historic birthplace of Prosecco, the small area of Conegliano Valdobbiadene in the hills just north of Venice, to explore its ancient viticultural traditions, complex geology, and multi-faceted appellation through a handful of extraordinary wines exemplifying critical aspects such as: old vines, native grape varieties, single vineyard- and single-village designations from distinctly different terroirs, the impact of residual sugar (why more does not always mean cloyingly sweet and little or none is not overly brut), still Prosecco (yes, there is such a thing!), and re-fermentation in bottle, both metodo classico (with disgorgement) and traditional method (without). Overall, this session will change the way you think about Prosecco and provide a compelling example of wine as the expression of an amazing place and its long viti-culture.