Wine: It’s summer! Pop some bubbly

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From the July 10, 2014 edition

If this wine isn’t celebratory, I don’t know what is.

There’s the name. The bubbles. The flavor. The easy price.

A glass of Cupcake Vineyards Prosecco ($12 at Blacklick Wine & Spirits), post-cork-popping, is initially quite bubbly. When it simmers down, the taste is peachy, citrusy and mostly dry, although there’s a bit of “honey” sweetness that takes over even more when it’s been out of the fridge for a bit. Plus, there are the aforementioned bubbles most people just can’t get enough of…

Although enjoyable on its own as an aperitif, other obviously delicious pairings would be creamy cheeses — studded with fruit, even — or a pasta alfredo that’s equally primed for this Prosecco to cut right through. Or pour it in a glass with some peach puree, and — ta-dah! — it’s bellini time.

Prosecco wines are most often made from glera grapes, and do a secondary ferment in stainless-steel tanks (a less-expensive process than the more complicated one Champagne, Prosecco’s fiercest competitor, goes through). The result is a smooth, clean finish that doesn’t add any complexity.

The vast majority of Prosecco, including this bottle, is made in Italy. Cupcake Vineyards is California-based but “collaborates” internationally to create some of its wines, which come in just about every major varietal and can be found at wine shops and grocery stores across Columbus.

If you’ve always wondered what’s inside that familiar-looking label, this is a good first foray to experiment with.

Photo by Meghan Ralston