Pick up a Prosecco.

With 20% off our entire range of Proseccos as part of our Italian wine sale, there can be no better time to pop in to your local O’Briens store and pick up a bottle of Ireland’s favourite fizz or even to branch out and try something new as we also have a number of other Prosecco-style wines included in the line-up.

Of course, I’m fully aware that the vast majority of Prosecco enjoyed in Ireland is simply sipped on its own as an aperitif, but like all sparkling wines, Prosecco can make for a good food-matching wine, so why not take advantage of the sale to try one of the pairings I have picked out below.

To kick off my selection, I have gone with an organic Prosecco-style wine from the island of Sicily; Il Grillo Spumante (€15.56 down from €19.95) has fine, gentle bubbles and a fresh fruity nose with hints of citrus and floral notes. On the palate, the wine is very well balanced, gentle, and soft with a refreshing burst of acidity and wonderfully citrusy notes, so I think this would be a great choice to serve alongside a Seafood platter.

Next up is another Prosecco-style wine, Mionetto Vivo Rosé (€15.16 down from €18.95), which is made with an unusual and exciting blend of grapes, this delicious sparkling Rosé is rich and frothy in style with vibrant raspberry and red cherry fruit and an intriguing underlying floral character. With all that red berry fruit character, I think the ideal way to  serve this wine is to pop a couple of raspberries into each glass and match it up with a deliciously simple, yet sweet and fruity dessert such as Eton mess.

Now on to the Proseccos Proper, my first choice is from the legendary, family-owned and run Veneto house of Guerrieri Rizzardi. With a vinous history stretching back to 1678, it’s fair to say the Guerrieri Rizzardi family are one of the most experienced anywhere in Italy. Current winemaker, Count Giuseppe Rizzardi is a man at the top of his game, his extremely-refined extra-dry Prosecco (€16.76 down from €20.95) shows the perfect balance of white peach and ripe pear fruit with a fine crisp backbone, which allows this wine to make a really interesting pairing with Sushi.

One more Prosecco to finish the selection, Mionetto Treviso DOC (€17.56 down from €21.95), is a very classy Prosecco from one of the region’s leading producers, all their considerable expertise in creating Prosecco can easily be seen in this polished, excellent, fruit-driven wine with wonderfully pure pear and melon flavours. Thanks to its crisp and clean profile and long, dry, complex finish, this wine would work beautifully with a platter of Italian cured meats.

Our sale continues right through Saint Patrick’s weekend and finishes up at 10.00 pm on Sunday the 19th.

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