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Prosecco or Champagne: What is the difference? Which is better? Which one should you buy?

Newflash! In U.S. market, Prosecco is outselling champagne 3 to 1. Even experts are predicting that prosecco will outsell champagne in the global sparkling wine market through the end of 2018.
Here is an easy 101

What is the difference between Prosecco & Champagne?
Champagne & Prosecco are both sparkling wines.

What is the cost of a bottle?
This is the number # 1 reason Prosecco is exploding, that may be because of the lower price point. Champagne is four times more expensive than prosecco.

A average price per bottle of Prosecco is $12

A average price of an entry level bottle of Champagne is $40

For this reason, Prosecco is bringing new buyers to the sparkling wine category.

Why is Champagne more expensive than Prosecco?
Champagne is four(4) times more expensive than prosecco, because requires a more hands-on, money-intensive process.

Which & what country do they Prosecco & Champagne come from?
Champagne: Comes from the Champagne region in France
Prosecco: originates in the Veneto region of Italy.

What is the difference in taste?
Champagne has a much dryer taste than Prosecco and has a slight sweetness at the end.

Tasting notes:

Champagne: Citrus fruits, white peach, white cherry, almond & toast.
Prosecco: Slightly sweeter: Green apple, honeydew melon, pear, honeysuckle & fresh cream.

What types of grapes are used? 
Champagne: uses three grapes chardonnay, pinot noir & pinot meunier.
Prosecco: produced primarily from the prosecco or Glera grape.

Cocktails to make with Prosecco & Champagne

Sunday/Saturday Brunch Mimosa

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz. of  either Prosecco or Champagne
  • 2 oz. Fresh Orange

Directions: Pour orange juice into chilled flute, add Prosecco or Champagne.
Stir gently.

 

Peach Bellini

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz. of  Prosecco
  • 2 oz. Fresh Peach Puree

Directions: Pour peach puree into chilled flute, add Prosecco. Stir gently.

# 1 Drink in the Hamptons
Aperol Spritz

  • 4 oz. of  Prosecco
  • 2 oz. Aperol
  • Dash of Seltzer or Club soda
  • Garnish Orange Slice

Directions: Fill a wine glass with ice, combine Prosecco and Aperol flute, add dash of seltzer water & garnish with orange slice.

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