Ruffino Prosecco NV: Light yellow-green color; peach, citrus, pear on the nose; peach, honey, lemon-lime, apple, pear on the palate;
very fine and persistent bubbles; fresh, fruity, hint of sweetness (brut is dry, extra dry has a whisper of sweetness in bubbly nomenclature, this is extra dry prosecco); 100% glera grapes; will serve well as an aperitif or pair with seafood, pork tenderloin, shellfish. Prosecco is a sparkling wine made in northeastern Italy; the glera grape is the only or the main grape, glera being a native variety with origins in the village of Prosecco, near Trieste and the Adriatic Sea. The Ruffino story begins in the Tuscan town of Pontassieve, near Florence, and a small winery established by cousins Ilario and Leopoldo Ruffino in 1877; by the 1880s, they were winning awards; by the 1960s Ruffino sold wines in more than 100 countries. Primarily known for their reds, particularly chiantis and super Tuscans, Ruffino recently moved into sparklings—making Moscato d’Asti in northwestern Italy’s Piedmont region and Prosecco in Italy’s northeastern most Veneto region. They brought their attention to detail and focus on quality grapes to their sparklings, also a dedication for allowing the land and grapes to speak with minimal intervention in both the growing and winemaking. This is very nice, very affordable sparkling wine, a great choice to begin a party or pair with a fish or white meat meal. $12
Second photo: Vineyard in the Veneto region of northeastern Italy.