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New Year for Bubbly

Buy Champagne and celebrate!
We hope you all enjoyed your holidays and that 2013 is off to a great start! We rung in the new year with friends and family….and a few bottles of bubbly! After being given the privilege to review another great product from Pasternak Wine Imports, Valdo Prosecco Superiore DOCG Oro Puro, we decided to grab a couple other labels and do some comparison. We figured, what better occasion than New Year’s Eve to sip on some Prosecco? To be honest, we weren’t overly excited at the task. We are not known for being fans of champagnes and sparkling wines. From past experience, they just make you feel full and bloated and tend to be really dry. Well, after trying the Valdo, we were surprised at how delicious and smooth this particular Prosecco is, not overly dry, and the bubbles were just enough to make it refreshing and fun. We decided not to mix it with anything, but only added a few strawberries for presentation and a touch of sweetness. Combined with the light tropical fruit taste of the wine, it was perfect. We picked up a couple other inexpensive bottles of Prosecco that we enjoyed very much, as well. We have highlighted them below for you. They were all a big hit with our guests. You can now consider us big fans of Prosecco and are excited to continue exploring other sparkling wines. 
Veneto, Italy
Average price: under $10
Alcohol: 11.2%
Aroma:  Citrus scent with notes of peach.
Taste:  Very light, not too sweet, not too fruity, crispy
Pairings and thoughts: A little on the dry side…makes for some great mimosas or spritzers. Pair with fruit or soft cheeses. Cupcake Vineyards continue to surprise with good value for an awesome price.
Valdobbiadene, Italy
Average price: under $15
Alcohol: 11%
Aroma: Sweet, Light fruit scents 
Taste: This one has pop…Tangy, sweet and fruity all in one!
Pairings and thoughts: Bubbly, but still smooth, not too dry, no aftertaste. Great by itself. Terrific value for the price. Recommend it!
Valdobbiadene, Italy
Average price: under $20
Alcohol: 11.5%
Aroma: Floral scents with notes of apple and pear 
Taste:  Tropical fruit flavors with traces of citrus
Pairings and thoughts: Favorite of the night! Add some berries to it, make mimosas, or sip by itself. Pair with some soft cheeses. Excellent value for the price. Highly recommend it!  
If you are a bubbly fan or are looking to try one, we highly recommend the Valdo Prosecco Superiore Oro Puro. It gets a 10 from us…and you don’t need to wait for a holiday to drink it! Cheers and Happy New Year!!!
The End.
~Vino & Vintage

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