Champagne toast

Tiny Bubbles

This is a sponsored post by Mionetto. All opinions are mine.

What’s a better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than surprising your sweetie with a bottle or glass of champagne? Nothing says I love you more than sharing a nice evening and a bottle of bubbly with your sweetie! Whether traveling to a restaurant or staying at home you can show off your champagne knowledge and skill!

Champagne toast

One of my go-to champagnes is Mionetto. Mionetto Prosecco is available in different sizes and the pricing is suitable for every day and also special occasions. It’s available at most or all liquor stores, as well as Costco. Whether you are celebrating with a glass or a bottle, you should try Mionetto!

Costco Champagne
Mionetto is a great go-to Prosecco! It’s widely available at most liquor stores and Costco,

I’m sure that I have mentioned to most of you why I named my blog Bubbly Horse. When doing my research on blogging, all of the experts said to name the blog by incorporating what you are passionate about. Well hello! That was easy, champagne and horse racing!

Bubbly Horse logo
Horses and Bubbly!

Bubbly Horse is a lifestyle blog that focuses on many different subjects, including food and travel. In all of my travels, I try to find the best local food and drinks. I guess that’s why Sicily was one of my favorite trips. After all, Italy’s version of champagne is Prosecco!

Mionetto is available in all sizes!

People are always asking me, what’s the difference between champagne and Prosecco? I know what the basic difference is, champagne is only produced in the Champagne region of France. The region is fairly close to Paris, it’s under 100 miles. Meanwhile, Prosecco is the Italian cousin, which is produced in Italy in the Venetian region, which is very close to Venice.

Champagne Map
Map courtesy of Trip Savvy

After further review, champagne is made from different varieties of grapes. Chardonnay, Pinot noir and Pinot meunière are the grapes that are used to make champagne. Prosecco is produced mainly from Glera grapes, which are more prevalent in the Venetian region in Italy. One of the biggest differences in bubbly is the method of production. Champagne is produced from the “traditional method” and Prosecco is made from the “tank method”, according to Google. That’s what makes the Prosecco a little less expensive than champagne. The traditional method is much more labor-intensive.

Prosecco production
Prosecco production is less labor-intensive than champagne. Illustration from Wine Savvy.

Prosecco, like champagne, comes in several different varieties. As I mentioned earlier, I really like Mionetto Prosecco. There are several different types in the Mionetto Luxury and Prestige collection. The Prosecco DOCG Cartizze Dry, the Prosecco DOC Treviso Brut and also the Rose’ Extra Dry are all widely available. And the even better news is that Prosecco is traditionally cheaper (not because of quality but due to a cheaper process to produce) than champagne! Needless to say, there’s something between the two that would appeal to any bubbly lover’s palate!

My favorite Mionetto Prosecco has an 89% rating according to Wine Searcher

According to Google, champagne has basic flavors of citrus, peach, almond, white cherry, and white toast! I don’t know if I’ve ever gotten white toast taste out of champagne, but that might be why I like it! Google goes on to say that Prosecco has a flavor profile of green apple, honeydew melon, cream, pear, and honeysuckle. What’s not to like about either?!

Flavor profile of Prosecco
No wonder I like Prosecco! Photo courtesy of Wine Folly

When I was in Sicily I toured several vineyards and was able to taste products from vineyards that produce organic wine and Prosecco. In today’s world, the use of pesticides is prevalent, whether it’s used in vineyards or your back yard, it’s still a type of poison. Wherever possible, I choose organic! That’s why I like a brand that offers an organic option, like Mionetto.

Wine Cask
Shh- don’t tell anybody if I take a sip!

Are you wondering what to serve with Prosecco? What is a good pairing? My favorite Prosecco is the Mionetto DOC Organic Extra Dry. It has a fruity hint with a dry finish. I’ve found that snacks that are on the heavier side pair best with the light, fruity bouquet of champagne, Prosecco or even Cava. Creamy cheeses such as Brie or Camembert go nicely with the wine. Also, be sure to try saltier items that bring out the lightness of the wine. Items such as crackers, prosciutto, olives or even popcorn. You will be pleasantly surprised!

Salty foods such as Prosciutto and olives pair well with Prosecco

As far as the main entree goes, I would choose seafood or foods with cream sauces. These foods highlight the delicate finish of Prosecco. Steaks are a little too heavy to pair with Prosecco. But, as the saying goes, to each their own! By all means, if you want to eat steak and drink champagne, go for it!

Giant Crab
Seafood as a main entrée pair well with the subtle fruitiness of the Prosecco

Now, a very important detail to note is the glass that you serve with your champagne or Prosecco. Please, please, do not serve your bubbly in a wine glass! I know that you might think that it’s not a big deal, but if you try it you will see the difference. The bubbles are meant to float up from the bottom, meanwhile releasing the aroma. The tulip stemmed glass gives the bubbles a path to gradually rise to the top, where the wine glass is a wide opening. Try it, you will see what I am talking about!

Wine glasses
See the difference in the glasses?
Bubbles travel up the tulip-shaped glass

Now that you are all experts on champagne and Prosecco, cheers! Let me know what you think! Xoxo


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