Prosecco is both the name of the pale-colored white grape (also called “Glera”) used to produce the sparkling wine of Italy’s Veneto and Friuli regions and the name of the sparkling wine itself. Prosecco quality ranges from cloying and commercial to complex and characterful, with the greatest examples hailing from a hilly zone between the towns of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene. The wines tend to be lightly floral and lemony, with softer, frothier bubbles than those found in Champagne since the fermentation that makes them occurs in large tanks rather than in the individual bottles. The one exception to that rule? Prosecco Col Fondo, a premodern and somewhat trendy style of the frizzante wine that’s unfiltered, yeastier, and more savory than most others in the category. Try one of Ray Isle’s top Prosecco bottles.

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15 Amazing Proseccos to Buy Right Now

The world of Prosecco is vast and inconsistent. If you want a memorable one, look for the Superiore DOC designation.

Grapefruit Spritz

We’re bidding farewell to winter and embracing spring in this rosy cocktail, combining the last of winter’s citrus with seasonal raspberries. Tart and bitter notes from the grapefruit juice and Campari are balanced by floral crème de framboise and raspberries. It’s a cocktail worthy of your Easter buffet, and a refreshing change from too-sweet lemonade or mimosas.    Slideshow: More Prosecco Cocktail Recipes 

Grilled Strawberry-Rhubarb Sangria

This sangria from Barano chef Albert Di Meglio gets a subtly smoky kick from fruit that's grilled until perfectly caramelized. Feel free to use this recipe as a template: Pair grilled peaches with fresh basil or grilled watermelon with sliced cucumber and mint. Slideshow:  More Sangria Recipes 

Why Would Anyone Drink Old Prosecco?

I was surprised—kind of blown away, in fact—the other day when I went to a vertical tasting of vintage-dated, higher-end Proseccos from Nino Franco, one of the top Prosecco producers.

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3 Proseccos Worthy of New Year's Eve

There's nothing wrong with a $12 Prosecco. Most are sturdy, a little sweet and offer refreshment and pairing possibilities throughout the year. But New Year's Eve deserves a serious step up.

5 Great, Affordable Sparkling Wines

We all love Champagne, but we don’t always love paying for it. These affordable sparklers—from California, Spain and Italy—deliver great pleasure at greatly reduced cost.