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A Gourmet Gazette Fine Wine Find: Pink Prosecco

Riccadonna Prosecco Rosé, a 2019 vintage sparkling wine. Photo Courtesy Riccadonna. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

Riccadonna, a name that has resounded in the north-eastern region of Italy for a century. Founded in 1921, the house is celebrated for its ultra dry Prosecco, the Ferrari of Italian wines, a delightful cocktail hour bubble-filled beverage. Prosecco enjoys the controlled designation of origin label and so the rules surrounding its production are strict. It was only in 2020 that the Italian Consortium of Prosecco Producers gave the go ahead for a rosé or pink Prosecco. Offering the house of Riccadonna the opportunity to celebrate its 100th birthday in style by bringing out a pink Prosecco.

The classic Riccadonna Prosecco Extra Dry. Photo Courtesy Riccadonna. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

Founded in 1921 in Canelli, the capital of Italian sparkling wines, Riccadonna remained a family-run company for three generations until it was purchased by Campari in 2003. Delicate bubbles, an ultra pale pink color, fruity and floral yet dry, the house’s first rosé is a vintage creation on top of it all using grapes from the 2019 harvest only. The wine is composed mainly of the Glera grape variety, the emblematic grape of Prosecco to which 10% to 15% of the Pinot Noir variety has been added to impart upon it its pink color and aromas of berry fruits.
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