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Treviso, Italy, home of Prosecco DOC

Where Prosecco was born and still reigns supreme

Dwight Casimere | 6/25/2014, 1:58 p.m.
TREVISO, Italy--This ancient city is almost like a " mini Venice, "with its own network of canals, footbridges and water ...
Treviso's canals rival those of nearby Venice Photo by Dwight Casimere

TREVISO, Italy--This ancient city is almost like a " mini Venice, "with its own network of canals, footbridges and water locks snaking their way through the ancient buildings that mark antiquity. This is the home of Prosecco, in fact the original Prosecco was named and produced just south of here centuries ago, using the Glera grape which remains the primary root of this sparkling white wine that is quickly developing worldwide popularity. Spending the day examining its roots, its present day incarnation and its future at the epicenter of the highly competitive sparkling wine market this summer, was a revelation, indeed.

Bosco del Merlo Prosecco is poured for the first course of shrimp rissoto at Al Fogher's Ristorante (below) in Treviso, where tiramisu dessert was invented in 1950

Bosco del Merlo Prosecco is poured for the first course of shrimp rissoto at Al Fogher's Ristorante (below) in Treviso, where tiramisu dessert was invented in 1950

Treviso is a surprisingly diverse city, with cuisine to match. The palate landscape is indicative of the versatility to Prosecco, a delicate, straw-colored, citrus and tropical fruit flavored sparkling wine, with a unique floral expression on the nose, that makes it perfect with just about anything you'd want to serve this summer. Salads shine. Seafood shimmers. Even desserts, such as the ubiquitous Tiramisu, which originated here in 1950, are the perfect accompaniment to this most versatile of