Introducing the wonderful world of Rosé Prosecco
Italy’s newest pink fizz – Mionetto Rosé Prosecco – is set to take the world by storm
Last year was rubbish for many, many reasons. But one of the best bits of joy that came out of 2020 was the official go-ahead for Italy’s newest fizz, Rosé Prosecco!
Like a lot of people, you might have assumed you could always buy Rosé Prosecco, but no. You might have seen some Italian Spumante rosé in shops, but nothing that’s officially Prosecco. The pink sparkling number only got the green light in Italy last year, and to the rest of the world in November 2020, after a lengthy series of chats with the big wigs at the Corsorzio del Prosecco DOC (a wine consortium officially recognised by the Ministry of Agriculture in Italy). The powers that be said ‘sì’ around the start of 2020, but because the process is a long one, it took a while until the rest of us could enjoy some proper pink Prosecco.
Now, it’s here to stay, and we think it’s going to be HUGE. Prosecco is still everyone’s fizz of choice. Apparently around a third of all Prosecco made is shipped to the UK. It’s true, we really can’t get enough of the delicious stuff.
Why has Rosé Prosecco only just appeared in our lives?
Prosecco is made in the Veneto and Friuli regions of Northeast Italy. To qualify as real-deal Prosecco according to the region’s rules, it must be made with white grapes only, and at least 85% green-skinned Glera grapes – a famous variety that’s been grown in these regions for hundreds of years. Small amounts of Chardonnay, Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio, Verdiso, Perera and Bianchetta are also allowed.
If you can only grow white grapes, you can only have white wine, so that’s why we’ve only had white Prosecco, until now.
Rosé Prosecco can now be made exclusively in the DOC (‘Denominazione di origine controllata’, or ‘Denomination of Controlled Origin’ in English) Prosecco region aka Veneto and Friuli.
The very strict rule around WHITE GRAPES ONLY has been changed, and now, vineyards are permitted to also grow Pinot Noir (red grapes), and add a small amount to their Prosecco (10-15%). This makes Rosé Prosecco!
More rules from the Corzorzio say that Rosé Prosecco can be classified as brut nature, extra brut, brut or extra dry (these are all terms for how much residual sugar is in the wine), but winemakers aren't allowed to make a sweet version. it must be made using the Martinotto/Charmat method (carbonation in big steel tanks) and also spend a minimum of 60 days undergoing secondary fermentation in a pressurised tank.
It’s thought there will be around 30m bottles of Rosé Prosecco a year, which might sound like a lot, but Prosecco makes around 600m bottles a year. Blimey!
How does Mionetto Rosé Prosecco taste and what should I eat with it?
If you know what Prosecco tastes like – which I really hope you do by now – it’s not a million miles away, but there are some differences of course.
Just as a tip, Mionetto Rosé Prosecco is best served at 6-8C, and best enjoyed as soon as possible after opening so you get all those lovely bubbles.
First up, notice that gorgeous pink peach blossom colour that just yells (well, quietly and serenely whispers) summer. Take a big sniff (it’s best to try it in a wide-bottomed wine glass so you get aaaaall the aromas), and you’ll find lots of fruit, grapefruit and the first hint of that red fruit. Mionetto's Rosé Prosecco also has a long maturation period, so you also get some honey and toasty bread crust aromas as well. Taste some, and you'll be lost in a world of flowers and red fruit: raspberries, cherries, strawberries, and cranberries. It’s really nicely balanced with some crisp acidity which holds it all together nicely, and it has a lovely, long finish.
You might only think to drink Rosé Prosecco as an aperitif or when you’re celebrating, but it also goes really well with lots of different types of food. It stands up to all three courses of Aldo Zilli’s Valentine’s menu, including the steak! You might never think to pair steak with Rosé Prosecco, but give it a try and you’ll find it works really well. It also goes magnificently with an Italian style picky lunch, with shellfish, crustaceans and raw seafood, or the total other end of the spectrum with sweeter, creamy desserts like cheesecake or, well, cheese!
Can you use Mionetto Rosé Prosecco in cocktails?
Of course! While it's of course delicious straight out the bottle, Mionetto Rosé Prosecco lends itself well to cocktails too! Rich Woods aka The Cocktail Guy has been busy rustling up this amazing combination of flavours called Dark Rose.
Take your Mionetto Rosé Prosecco to the next level with this amazing recipe from Rich Woods, aka The Cocktail Guy
Have you tried Rosé Prosecco yet?
You can buy a bottle of Mionetto from Slurp, Nisa, Whole Foods and Ocado in the UK.