When shopping for a sparkling wine, it's too easy to overlook Italian Prosecco. It lacks the prestige of French Champagne and is generally more expensive than Spanish Cava or most California Brut wines. This Ornello Molon Prosecco, from an area just north or Venice, was served at the Taster's Guild dinner to accompany heirloom tomato soup with white cheddar, avocado and tortillo strips. Both the wine and the soup were excellent.
The color is a bright straw, and the bubbles are small and persistent. The bouquet is fresh and lively with scents of pears, apples, lemon, flowers and hints of yeasty biscuits. What I like most about Italian sparkling wines is the light, frothy mouth feel. And there is a satisfying tang to the fizzy finish. This is very nice, and at $23, a decent value. I would serve it as an aperitif, with or without food.