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05 July 2005

Fine Wine Since 1542, or 1875; Whatever

OldbottleWith new world wineries and vineyards, it often seems as if bigger is better.  Slide on over to the bubbly houses of France, Spain, and Italy, and you find that older apparently is better.

Take Bisol of Italy for example.  You visit this prosecco maker's website and the first thing you notice is:

"Bisol, finest prosecco of Valdobbiadene since 1542"

However, upon reading the not-so-fine print about the Bisol family's bubbly history, you notice this:

"..he began selling his wines on a limited scale (1875).."

Minor detail.  What's 300+ years?  Perhaps the family had been making wine for 300 years and then decided in the late 1800s to start selling its vino.  In any event, Bisol's modern day Prosecco, is actually pretty good stuff.

The Skinny
JeioJeio Bisol Prosecco Brut, NV ($14)

  • Made from 100% Prosecco grapes in Italy's Conegliano-Valdobbiadene DOC (Veneto)
  • Very pale straw yellow in color with extremely small bubbles in a steady bead
  • Simple, soft fruit scents of Bartlet pear and Golden Delicious apples.  There are also some mineral undertones
  • Light-bodied and creamy in the mouth.  Simpler than Champagne, no biscuitiness; softer than Cava.  Well-made, simple, and tasty

*** (3 stars out of 5)

A fine, affordable Italian bubbly.  It will work well as an aperitif or with most light fare.  Try it with a spinach, feta, and tomato tart.


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