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Wine of the Week: Zonin Cuvee 1821 Prosecco D.O.C. $31.97

Dwight Casimere | 8/9/2018, noon
Zonin Cuvee 1821 Prosecco DOC is the benchmark for great Prosecco. This is one of the highest rated Italian sparkling ...

Zonin Cuvee 1821 Prosecco DOC is the benchmark for great Prosecco. This is one of the highest rated Italian sparkling wines that I've written about this year, and one glass tells you why. It has all of the hallmarks; a delightful pale straw color, persistent pearlage (that steady stream of tiny white bubbles that ascends from the bottom of the glass) a nice foam, and a creamy feel in the mouth with flavors of lemon and lime peel and a hint of peach stones and a just a little bit of mineral taste to give it some backbone. The wine sells for about 30 bucks. I've seen it at $28.99 in a couple of shops, and compared to sparkling wines from other countries (which shall remain nameless) at that price, this is a steal, relative to the quality. I had this sparkling wine for an afternoon meal, sitting on the patio with a steak on the grill with a mixture of Montreal Steak and Gumbo Shop Perfect Pepper seasoning and a splash of olive oil on each side and some of that sweet white corn, cooked in the husk, and a large, creamy Idaho Golden Potato, you can substitute a Sweet Potato if that's your preference. This was absolutely the perfect lunch. With a little bit left in the bottle for dessert, a scoop of lemon sorbet with a splash of orange flower honey made for a fitting crescendo. Zonin is the bomb.