Casa Vinicola Zonin Prosecco Grey Edition NV

Very light yellow with green hint color; floral nose characteristic of glera; peach, apple on the palate.

Extra dry (hint of sweetness as compared to brut), good acidity, vivid fruits thanks to 13% pinot grigio (by rule, Prosecco must be 85% glera, but blends are allowed). Smooth, delicious, persistent bubbles, another example why Prosecco is surging in popularity worldwide—exports up 67% in the past three years; nearing a $2 billion-a-year industry in northeastern Italy.

This effort is part of Zonin’s “Dress Code” collection, a departure for Zonin—previously they only made Prosecco with 100% glera grapes. Zonin was established in 1821 and remains in the family today. Casa Vinicola Zonin is Italy’s largest privately-held wine company. It is located in Gambellara (halfway between Verona and Venice) in the province of Vicenza, the ancestral home of the Zonin family. “Commendatore” Domenico Zonin put the winery on the world map; born in 1899, he lived to be 101, a lifetime spanning three centuries. Gianni Zonin leads the company today; he emphasizes a green approach to ecologically sustainable viticulture and control of the wine process from vineyard to distribution.

This is tasty, easily approachable, laid-back pour. Prosecco is an ideal aperitif, and this fits the bill for a mixed party: sophisticated wine drinkers will appreciate its clean crispness, while less wine-savvy sippers will enjoy its vivid fruitiness. $14-17

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Casa Vinicola Zonin Prosecco Grey Edition NV
Zonin winery