Guinigi classic bianco (white) and rosé Prosecco. An Italian label, Guinigi Wines were introduced in September 2020. The portfolio of wines, both sparkling and still, honors the Italian heritage of 3 Badge proprietor and fourth-generation vintner, August Sebastiani (all wines © Guinigi except as noted).
 This is the second year that rosé Prosecco has been available (all photos © Guinigi Wines).
 The retro coupe glass is popular in some parts, but most authorities recommend that sparkling wines be served in flutes, tulip glasses, or standard white wine glasses, where the tall, slender shape keeps the bubbles from escaping.
 The Torre Frizzante Cocktail (recipe below), the “sparking tower” referring to La Torre Guinigi (photo #7).
 The Guinigi Spritz Lucchesi (recipe below).
 The Guinigi vineyards in Treviso (photo © Jonas Van der Wende | Unsplash).
 La torre Guinigi in Lucca, Italy (photo courtesy H005 | Wikipedia).
Prosecco is an ideal sparkling wine for summer: light, aromatic, crisp, and affordable. National Prosecco Day, August 13th, is a day to head to the store and buy a bottle or two. In addition to serving as a delightful aperitif or mixed into cocktails (recipes below).
Fans love Prosecco for its fizzy bubbles, fruit nuances, light body, and affordable price points. Many of us love it year-round—on its own and as the base for a Bellini or Mimosa and instead of the much more expensive Champagne in a Champagne Cocktail or a French 75.
The United States remains the leading Prosecco export market, and Prosecco rosé was expected to account for 10% of the half-million bottles of Prosecco produced in 2021 according to the New York Times—an impressive feat considering the Italian wine authorities only deemed it an official wine category in 2020.
> The history of Prosecco.
PROSECCO FOOD PAIRINGS
Prosecco is sweeter than Champagne, and pairs well with most foods as long as they’re not heavy, such as grilled meats, roasts, and stews. It can be enjoyed throughout the meal. Consider:
Appetizer bites, from prosciutto-wrapped dates to stuffed mushrooms.
Asian dishes, including spicy ones.
Avocado salad or stuffed avocado.
Cheese plates: goat cheese and other light cheeses, Emmentaler, Parmesan, and others, with fresh fruits and roast nuts.
Chicken and turkey, roasted or grilled.
Desserts: crème brûlée, fruit salad, lemon tart, lighter cakes, and pastries.
Fish and shellfish, including smoked salmon and sushi.
Pasta dishes with lighter sauces.
Pizza: frutti di mare, Margherita, marinara, Neapolitan, vegetable, and other lighter toppings.
Risotto: seafood or vegetable
> The history of Prosecco.
> The history of Prosecco rose is below.
WHAT IS PROSECCO ROSÉ
We tasted our first bottle of rosé Prosecco last year on this very holiday. That’s because, in the world of Prosecco, the rosé version appeared for the first time just last year (more about that below).
Rosé wines are called pink wines in the U.K. and elsewhere, rosato in Italian, and rosé, is the French term.
What exactly is Prosecco rosé? It’s a new combination of two classics, Prosecco and rosé. Otherwise stated, it’s the rosé version of white Prosecco, just as rosé Champagne is the rosé version of classic Champagne.
Prosecco rosé was born, officially, in May 2020, when the Prosecco Denomination of Controlled Origin (DOC) Consortium, which manages all Prosecco production, updated its rules for production, authorizing the new style of wine.
The Italian Ministry of Agricultural, Food, and Forestry Policies’ National Wine Committee also approved new guidelines for the blend.
Prosecco rosé became official as of January 1, 2021. Previously, the red Pinot Noir grape was allowed in the production of white Prosecco, but only the flesh (which is white) and not the skin (which is red and used during the phase called skin contact to make all rosé and red wines).
To be considered Prosecco rosé:
The wine must come from the Valdobbiadene region in Veneto, Italy, home to Prosecco and a defined D.O.C.* region.
The wine must be produced in the same area where the grapes are grown.
It must contain 85-90% Glera grapes and 10-15% Pinot Noir grapes, like the classic white Prosecco D.O.C.
The wine must have a second fermentation of at least 60 days.
Prosecco Rosé must be a vintage-dated wine, i.e., the grape harvest year must appear on the bottle’s label. You will see the word Millesimato†, followed by the year of the harvest (the vintage).
It must be certified as D.O.C. by displaying the standard blue label that is applied from the cork to the top of the glass of the bottle and also includes the serial number.
Like white prosecco, the rosé can be made in different sweetness categories: Brut Nature (Bone Dry), Extra Brut (Very Dry), Brut (Dry), and Extra Dry (Medium Dry).
It must be a spumante, a fully sparkling.
Prosecco rosé was launched in Italy and the U.K. in the fall of 2020, and the first bottles appeared in the U.S. in December of 2020, just in time to usher in 2021.
How Is The Flavor Different From White Prosecco?
Prosecco rosé has the same style as the white Prosecco i.e., light and fruity. Since there is skin contact with the Pinot Noir grapes, the rosé version has not only a delicate pink color, but some of the delicate fruit flavors of Pinot Noir.
As a comparison:
Guinigi Prosecco blanco (white) has delicate notes of apple, white peach, citrus fruits, acacia, and wisteria.
Guinigi Prosecco rosé adds a soft pink hue, which beautifully frames its elegant sparkle against notes of blood orange citrus, wild strawberry, and floral peach blossom.
Both Guinigi white and rosé Prosecco wines, made with Glera grapes grown in Italy’s hilly northeastern province of Treviso (photo #6), glimmer with fine and persistent bubbles.
The Pinot Noir was harvested in Friuli, known for its mild climate and mineral-rich clay soils, great for Pinot Noir.
But you don’t have to be a wine connoisseur to enjoy each sip of these lovely wines.
Here’s a tip: Stock up on the rosé Prosecco for Valentine’s Day.
PROSECCO COCKTAIL RECIPES
Prosecco can be substituted for Champagne or any other sparkling wine in cocktails. Here are two created by the mixologists at Guinigi Prosecco, a leading producer.
You can make these with either the white or rosé Prosecco.
Both the name “Guinigi” and the label art are inspired by La Torre Guinigi, a historical landmark in the town of Lucca, Tuscany, where ancestors of the Sebastiani family resided. Built in the Middle Ages, the Romanesque fortification overlooks the city.
.5 ounce St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
Garnishes: lemon twist, rosemary sprig
RECIPE #1: GUINIGI TORRE FRIZZANTE (SPARKLING TOWER)
Ingredients Per Drink
1. POUR the elderflower liqueur into the bottom of a flute. Fill with prosecco. Give it the lightest stir with a swizzle stick.
2. garnish with a lemon twist and rosemary spring and serve.
RECIPE #2: GUINIGI SPRITZ LUCCHESI
This cocktail is named for the Villa Guinigi, located on the hills overlooking the medieval city of Lucca. It is part of the Associazione Ville e Palazzi Lucchesi.
Ingredients Per Drink
1.5 ounce La Pivon Vermouth Rojo
Garnish: orange twist or slice
1. FILL a coupe glass with ice, and add the vermouth.
2. FILL with Prosecco and garnish with an orange twist or slice.