After celebrating its 100th birthday in 2021, the Italian house of Riccadonna has brought out once again its signature Prosecco Rosé vintage 2020 edition. The production of Prosecco rosés has only been authorized since 2020, so this is the house’s second version. Dry yet rich and fruity it proved to go perfectly with traditional Italian cold cuts like Mortadella and Genoa salami as well as gorgonzola which we served on ginger bread. It is a versatile sparkling wine perfect for savory and sweet.
The Riccadonna Prosecco Rosé Millesimato 2020 undergoes a double fermentation using the Charmat method, a process that traps bubbles in wine through carbonation in large steel tanks patented by Jean-Eugène Charmat, although the method was invented by the Italian Federico Martinotti. This is a Prosecco with a distinguished pale pink color and very delicate bubbles. Fruity and floral it remains dry, characteristic of the Riccadonna Proseccos.
The sparkling wine is made from a blending mainly of the Glera and with a small percentage of the Pinot Noir grape varieties with the latter giving it a certain depth of field enabling it to be served with spicy foods. The Glera grape variety, a white grape that originally hailed from Slovenia, and took well to the Veneto region of Italy, imparts upon the wine its dry aspect. Prosecco is protected by the Protected Designation of Origin label, the DOC in Italian and the Hill of Prosecco di Conegliano and Valdobbiadene, towns that fall within the label, became a UNSCO World Heritage site in 2019. 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.
©Trish Valicenti for The Gourmet Gazette