Article by London base writer Anne Coles.
Serving up traditional dishes with a fruity Italian twist.
Prosecco, a classic Italian sparkling wine, is not only a cheaper substitute for Champagne but is also a true match for any Latin dish you may want to cook at home.
Produced in the village of Veneto in northwest Italy, Prosecco wines are named after the type of grape from the region. At the foothills of the Alps lies the vineyard yielding the fruity Prosecco wines, where winemakers constantly get inspiration to add to their wide array of distinct flavours that’s been produced for years.
The popularity of these wines has garnered international claim, which lead multinational retailer Marks and Spencer to create their own line called M&S Prosecco.
The wine must have, as prescribed by law, at least 85% of the Prosecco grapes but may include a good load of other variants. Pinot Blanc or Pinot Grigio grapes are sometimes added in small amounts. While a grape like Bianchetta, when added to the mix, tends to be dry and refreshing, a Perrera creates a hint of fragrant pear.
Although Prosecco is a favourite substitute for Champagne, it is made using the Charmat method as opposed to the French method of making sparkling wines. This process puts the second wine fermentation in a pressurized stainless steel tank and not in the bottle itself, preserving the fruity flavor that Prosecco is known for.
It’s easy to pair a Prosecco with any Veneto dish. But when it comes to Latin dishes, the Prosecco stands out as a viable pair. Well-seasoned Caribbean dishes are paired fantastically with this sparkling wine. The distinct flavors of the empanada or the ceviche works well with any Prosecco wine.
Pair any Peruvian dish with the Prosecco and experience the flavors come alive even more. The Paneton, originally from Italy, is made popular in South America through immigration and influence and is truly enjoyed with a glass of Prosecco. Lastly, if you are looking for a Shiraz substitute to pair with your lechon, the Prosecco is one of the best wines to go with it.
Latin food is definitely a treat on its own. But a glass of Prosecco would definitely spice up any Latin dish on any table.
Two of my favorite HD’s to serve with Prosecco!
Achiote pan seared sea scallops w/ avocado, apple and cucumber salsa.
Peruvian Chifa style shrimp dumplings.
Yours celebrating Latino American food and culture with Prosecco!