Prosecco or Champagne? Champagne or Prosecco? Whether you are an avid drinker (but moderately) of wine or just someone who wants to drink a glass of bubbly at home, it pays to know the difference of these two with each other. Drinking a glass of sparkling wine is such a very broad thing to say. Here’s how to spot the difference between these popular bubblies.
It is important to note that some names of wines are highly based from the name of the place that they are produced. Champagne is the kind of sparkling wine produced in the Champagne region in France, hence the name of the bubbly. You might already guess where Prosecco is produced, obviously in Prosecco, a village located near the city of Trieste in northeastern Italy.
Champagne is made with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier kinds of grapes. Prosecco, on the other hand is made with Glera (formerly Prosecco) grapes, and sometimes also made using Verdiso and a few other variations.
Champagne is produced using a not-so-cost-effective method called the “Traditional Method” way of making wine. Prosecco, however is produced using a more affordable method, called the “Tank Method”.
A standard pour of Brut Champagne will contain approximately 128 calories. A standard pour of Prosecco will have approximately 121 calories.
Prices for the two bottles also differ. Champagne, which is mostly considered as a luxury wine, which is also made in a less cost-effective method, will obviously be pricey, so don’t be surprised if a good entry-level piece of Champagne will cost you about $30-$40 a bottle. Prosecco, on the other hand, because it is produced in a more affordable way, will cost you about $12-$14 a pop.
Let’s move on to the taste. Champagne will have notes of peach, cherry (white cherry), citrus, almond, and toast (yes, the bread). Prosecco, however will taste like pear, green apple, honeydew melon, honeysuckle and cream. Champagne is aged longer on the yeast particles called lees, which in turn will make Champagne have a cheese rind-like flavor. Prosecco will likely have fruit and flower aromas which are products of the grape.
And lastly, let’s discuss the complementary food (or is the wine really the complementing one?) that should go when enjoying these two wines. Champagne is very acidic and dry, so it is perfect while eating crispy appetizers, pickled vegetables, shellfish, and the like. It may sound very different, but Champagne is good with potato chips (who knew?). Prosecco, is a bit sweeter and should be paired with fruit-driven appetizers and dishes with Asian touches.
I hope we have accomplished our goal to make you more informed about your glass of bubbly. Even if Champagne is a tad bit more expensive than Prosecco, the price should be the judge as to which is better. Honestly, it will rely more on your taste preferences. So, pop a bottle of sparkling wine on your next occasion. May it be Champagne or Prosecco, we’re pretty sure you’re going to have a delicious and bubbly experience.