First Prosecco policeman appointed

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Above: Glera grapes destined to become Prosecco DOCG (image from the Bele Casel vineyards).

This week, the Consorzio di Tutela del Prosecco DOC(G) has appointed the first Prosecco policeman: Andrea Battistella, age 28, has been given a mandate as a “public safety agent” to monitor the service of Prosecco in Italian bars (cafés) and restaurants.

Among his duties, he will fine operators for pouring Prosecco DOC from a spigot or caraffe. The fines range, according to a report this week in the Messaggero Veneto, from €2,000-20,000.

He will report to Italy’s Ispettorato centrale della tutela della qualità e repressione frodi dei prodotti agro-alimentari (Central Inspectorate for the Monitoring of Quality and the Repression of Consumer Fraud in Agricultural Food Products).


Author: Bele Casel

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