A great profile of Prosecco & its rise by @BenODonn (but where’s Asolo?)

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Above: Asolo is one of three townships that produces Prosecco DOCG. Click on the map above to enlarge.

We really enjoyed two blog posts this week by Wine Spectator editor Ben O’Donnell, “One Nation Under Prosecco,” part 1 and part 2.

Ben offers an excellent overview of how Prosecco became such a popular wine in the U.S. and where it’s heading.

“Are we really going to be drinking $50 bottles of Prosecco, comparing the nuances of village terroirs side by side in 10 years’ time?” he asks in his conclusion. “It’s a question that has been asked and answered, in the affirmative, of dozens of wine styles over the past 50 years, and we’re only getting more open-minded about our wine. The mantle of Italy’s premier sparkling wine is up for the taking, and in Treviso, they’re moving all the right pieces to claim the crown.”

They’re both great posts and it’s remarkable to think how far Prosecco has come in the last two decades.

Our only lament is that he omits Asolo, which is part of the DOCG.

Many Americans are challenged when asked to pronounce Valdobbiadene (vahl-dohb-BEE’AH-deh-neh). And Conegliano can be tricky, too (koh-neh-l’yee-AH-noh).

Asolo (AH-zo-loh) is a bit easier to say out loud but sadly it’s often forgotten when the DOCG is brought up in conversation.

In all fairness, the Prosecco DOCG consortium hasn’t done much to promote awareness of Asolo’s corner of the appellation. It’s much smaller than Valdobbiadene and Conegliano and its production is dwarfed by that of its sister townships.

One of the reasons we started this blog was to draw attention to the beautiful Asolani hills and the great wines produced there.

Please do check out Ben’s great posts. We highly recommend them.

But please don’t forget Asolo!

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