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Getting to Know Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOCG

A Special Report from the Society of Wine Educator’s Conference
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Alan Tardi, US Ambassador of Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOCG, conducted a special seminar and tasting in a packed ballroom of the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC during the Society of Wine Educators’ 40th annual conference. Following a brief summary of Prosecco’s history (ancient and modern), the critical regulatory events of 2009, the diverse Conegliano Valdobbiadene growing area, and highlights of the DOCG Prosecco appellation, participants tasted a lineup of exceptional wines demonstrating particular features of this unique wine growing area.

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The tasting began with the rare opportunity of sampling four still wines representing the four major indigenous grape varieties of Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco: Glera, Verdiso, Perera  and Bianchetta Trevigiana.

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Following this was a Prosecco Superiore sourced entirely from 80- to 100-year old vines of Glera, Verdiso and Bianchetta in the steep hills of Valdobbiadene; a Prosecco Superiore made from a single-parcel located in Colbertaldo; a Prosecco Superiore that underwent its secondary fermentation in bottle in the traditional fashion without disgorgement; and an unusual brut from the famed Cartizze area that had its secondary fermentation in bottle with disgorgement (classic method). To round out the event was a 1992 vintage Prosecco that certainly disproved the widely held notion that Prosecco must be consumed young.

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