Wine of the Week: Carpene- Malvolti 1868 extra dry Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG - $18.99
Dwight Casimere | 3/23/2016, 3:20 p.m.
Carpene Malvolti 1868 is a very dry Prosecco (Italian sparkling wine) that is great to drink all by itself as an aperitif. It is also versatile enough to have with a meal, especially something light, such as fish. There is a lot to be said for this wine. First you should know that its creator, Antonio Carpene, is considered the "father" of modern Prosecco. He was the first to use qualified and scientifically controlled systems to develop the charmat (aged in stainless steel vats rather than in the bottle) for producing sparkling wine. The family has been making wine for five generations, covering 145 years Prosecco has been steadily gaining popularity in the U.S. for two reasons; price and quality. The wine is a much more accessible approach to drinking sparkling wine than champagne and far less expensive. Made from 100% Prosecco di Conegliano (DOCG) grapes, the flavors of 1868 are delicious pear fruit with hints Meyer lemon and white flowers. A great companion with fish, one dish to try is clams linquine or Fettuccini Alfredo with Tiger Shrimp.The secret to this great Prosecco is not only the quality of the grapes, but the complexity of the land in which they are grown. Tlhe steep slopes of Conegliano, about sn hours drive outside Venice, are covered with limestone marl, grey-green chalk and red flaky soil that gives the resulting wine a 'spine' upon which the flavor enhancers of balanced acidity and unctuous citrus fruit flavors make for a pleasing, well-rounded flavor experience in your mouth. The brilliant straw color with flex of gold are a dead giveaway of the treat you're in store for, once you hear that wine 'sigh' as you pop the cork.