Prosecco Superiore Tasting Box

Thank you for purchasing the Prosecco Superiore Tasting Box.  Please find below further information in addition to the tasting guide included with your box.  If you have any questions that haven't been answered below, then please email us at hello@justperfectwines.co.uk and we will try our best to help you.

GENERAL

Q: What is the best way to use the Tasting Box?

A: 1 - You can use the contents as it suits you.  You can enjoy the Prosecco with the Riedel glasses included (or use your own) as you desire. 

2 - Or you can enjoy a Prosecco tasting experience.  Enjoy each Prosecco (or more than one at a time using the stopper provided (others can be purchased here)) using the Riedel Prosecco Superiore glasses included.  Read through the tasting guide, as well as the further information provided below and most of all - enjoy!  

Q: How should I taste the Prosecco?

A: The recommended stages of wine tasting are:

  1. LOOK
    1. Pour the chilled Prosecco into the glass to the widest part of the glasses (about half way). 
    2. Hold the glass by the stem (that is what the stem is for and prevents heating up the wine). 
    3. Look at the tiny bubbles; you should see streams of tiny bubbles rising from the nucleation point. 
    4. Hold the glass against a white background and look at the colour of the Prosecco which is typically a pale, straw yellow colour.  A pale Prosecco is the sign of a young Prosecco.  Prosecco is best drunk young, whilst it is still fresh and crisp.  
  2. SWIRL
    1. Holding the glass by the stem, swirl the Prosecco.  This helps to add oxygen into the wine which increases the aromas. 
    2. Now check what you can smell.  Typical aromas are green apple and pear, with some hints of citrus fruits, peach and floral notes.  You should be able to detect the beautiful, fresh aromas with the help of the Prosecco Superiore glasses which are accentuating the aroma characteristics contained within the wine.
  3. TASTE 
    1. Now taste the wine.  Taste is subjective, so we will all experience something a little different but typically the Prosecco is fresh on your palate, with a good balance of acidity and sweetness which follows.  You should find the Prosecco Superiores are soft on your palate with gentle bubbles that break across your tongue.  T
    2. Taste the wine alone, then taste with some food as recommended in the tasting notes.  Eg, it's great to taste the Cirotto Prosecco Superiore Brut with some Italian antipasta such as salty Palma ham, salami as well as fatty, light cheeses.   Not too strong in flavour otherwise it will overpower the Prosecco.  The foods will sometimes change the taste a little.  Prosecco Superiore is great with food as the gentle acidity produces extra saliva and gives a really, refreshing mouthfeel.   
    3. If you are tasting all the wines, drink some water in between each Prosecco with maybe a cracker or apple, to help to neutralise your palate.
  4. EXPERIENCE 
    1. Make notes of your experience on the Tasting Notes as a reminder.
    2. How do you find the Proseccos? 
    3. Did the taste change if you ate different foods with wines? 
    4. Do you like using the glasses?
    5. Do you have a favorite Prosecco? 
    6. Please share your experience with us! 
  5. ENJOY
    1. Most importantly, enjoy the beautiful wines and have fun discovering more about wonderful Prosecco Superiore from Ca'Salina, Cirotto and Furlan wineries. 

     

    PROSECCO SUPERIORE

    Q: Is there an order to taste the Proseccos?

    A: Not particularly if you are tasting the wines individually.  If you are tasting all of them together, it is best to taste in order of sweetness.  Therefore, start with the driest and finish with the sweetest.  

    1. Cirotto Prosecco Superiore Brut - 7g sugar/litre
    2. Ca'Salina Prosecco Superiore Extra Dry - 15g sugar/litre
    3. Furlan Prosecco Superiore Extra Dry - 16g sugar/litre
    4. Ca'Salina Prosecco Superiore Dry - 25g sugar/litre

    Q: Can I read more about the wineries?

    A: Please check out our winery pages:

    1. Ca'Salina
    2. Cirotto
    3. Furlan

    Q: Why is 'Extra Dry' categorised as such if it's not extra dry to your taste?

    A: It is believed that years ago when a sweetness was first labelled it was the 'Dry' classification ie, quite sweet in reality but then it was considered dry.  Years later, winemakers made wine with less sugar.  This was referred to as 'Extra Dry' which then made sense.  Some time after, wine was made with even less sugar and was given the name 'Brut'.  Today, is probably the most commonly known sugar category and we know it for being a dry to our taste style .  Once we discover 'Extra Dry', it then becomes really confusing as such a wine is actually a little sweeter not extra dry with less sugar.   

    Q: What do the words 'Sirocol' and 'Paradiso' mean on the Ca'Salina labels?

    A: They are the names of the hills that the grapes come from in Ca'Salina vineyards.

     Q: What does the word 'Millestimato' mean seen on the Furlan and Cirotto Proseccos?

    A: It refers to the grapes used are from a single harvest (ie, single vintage).  Typically, a winery will also use grapes from their best vineyard to make a millesimato Prosecco.

     

    GLASSES

    Q: Why are flutes not the best glass for Prosecco Superiore?

    A: A wider glass with a diamond or egg shape is recommended in preference to a narrow flute due to a number of factors:

    1. The wider bowl helps the wine to breathe and accentuates all the characteristics of the wine sparkling wine. [A flute is a little too narrow to allow this to fully happen].
    2. It helps to reduce the perception of acidity.  This is due to how the glass delivers the wine to an area of your tongue which first detects taste.  [Often tasting in a flute, you taste a higher acidity level which depending on personal choice, isn't always favourable].
    3. The mouth is wider, allowing for an easier and more enjoyable drinking experience.  {Your nose may get stuck in a flute!].
    4. The wider glass is easier to swirl and helps to release the aromas.  [Virtually impossible with a flute unless you want to spill most of it].
    5. The wider mouth and bowl of the glass is easier to clean and polish with a cloth.  [It can be quite difficult with a flute].

    Q: What is special about a Riedel Prosecco Superiore glass?

    A: As well as the generic points listed above, the Riedel Prosecco Superiore glass also features:

    1. Made from high quality crystal giving strength and sheer brilliance to the glass.
    2. The glass features a 'nucleation point' (a small etching at the base of the bowl) which gives the bubbles a surface to form from. 
    3. The glass is perfectly balanced when held; not too heavy not too light.
    4. The glasses are dishwasher proof.  As the glass is high quality, the surface is ultra smooth and resistant to dishwasher water damage (if used in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions).
    5.  A fine rim which helps with the precision of delivering the wine to the right tasting spot on your tongue, as well as perceiving the wine as softer on the palate.

    Q: Who are Riedel?

    A: Riedel are the world's best brand in glassware.  They discovered that the shape of the glass affects the taste of the wine.  All their range is grape/alcohol specific (it's not just Prosecco).  They are an Austrian company with their UK HQ based in Staffordshire. 

    Q: If flutes are not recommended, why do they exist?

    A: Very good question.  Flutes are a traditional glass and used for toasting celebratory occasions.  It is thought that flutes were designed to retain the bubbles due to the small surface area at the mouth and also for showing off the long stream of bubbles.  However, later research has discovered that a wider diamond or egg shaped glass is better for enjoying fine sparkling wine rather than the narrow flute.  

    Q: If diamond/egg shaped glasses are better for fine Proseco, why don't restaurants and bars use them?

    A: Some do and things are slowly changing.  However, most still do use flutes in the UK as it is what the customer expects.  Many establishments do not have the time to explain to customers why they are serving Prosecco in a wine glass for example rather than a flute.  Also a 125ml measure is a full glass in a flute.  In a wine glass, it would like like a short measure. 

    Q: I don't see many bubbles in the Prosecco using the Riedel Prosecco Superiore, why is that?

    A: The bubbles are there.    The bubbles need a rough surface in order for the trapped carbon dioxide within the liquid to be released.  As the Riedel glasses are made of very high quality crystal glass the surface is very smooth which aids the drinking experience.  However, there are no natural rough spots so there is an intentional 'nucleation point' where the bubbles form from.  This helps to give a controlled stream of bubbles.  If there were too many bubbles, your Prosecco would go flat quicker.  If there were no bubbles, the aroma would be weaker as the bubbles help to push the aromas to the surface.  If the glasses are dusty, you may see more bubbles as the specks of dust act as nucleation points too.

    Q: How to I clean the Riedel Prosecco glasses?

    A: Riedel recommend washing the glasses in a dishwasher.  A dishwasher helps to get them very clean to ensure no grease film develops to prevent bubbles forming.  You can of course still handwash them if you prefer, but ensure you rinse well so free of detergent.  It is not recommended to polish/dry the glasses with a cloth that has been laundered in detergent as this will kill your bubbles!  In both cases, handle with care.  

    Q: I like flutes, what should I do with them?

    A: Of course, glasses are a personal choice too.  You may have a favourite flute you enjoy drinking your Prosecco from and that is perfectly fine.  You just might not get the best experience from a technical point of view (higher acidity, less aroma and taste) compared to a wider glass.

    PROSECCO STOPPER

    Q: How long will the Prosecco keep the bubbles for with a stopper?

    A: It depends on how full the bottle is and how often the stopper is taken off and on, but generally a few days.  Please be careful when removing the stopper as the pressure will build up again.  The experience will be like taking a cork off for the first time.  

    Q: How do I clean the stopper?

    A: it is best to wash by hand in soapy water and rinse well.  Dishwashing is not recommended.

    Q: Can I buy more stoppers?

    A: Yes, from our website here.  They are available in different colours.