Zardetto Prosecco

by J.T.

P.S. I know I'm stealing Amy's thunder and posting a white. But. It's New Year's Eve, people. We wanted to be timely. This is for you!

Life is short. Take the opportunity to celebrate when you can.

Big or small, it shouldn't matter. Hubby completed a project. Family has come to town. The cat didn't throw up today. You got through another year successfully. It's all worth tipping your hat to.

And, of course, any good celebration requires a celebratory drink. If you celebrate the little things as much as I do (hey, why the hell not?), your wallet may cry out in horror if you slap down money for good champagne (or waste your money on a bad one) each time you party.

This is when I turn to Prosecco.

Hailing from the area just north of Venice, the Prosecco grape is an Italian white that lends itself to sweeter flavors. Unlike Champagne, Prosecco isn't fermented in the bottle; it's fermented in stainless steel tanks, which means you have to drink it pretty quickly — within three years of its vintage — to enjoy it at its peak. Prosecco's fermentation process also spells out a lower price for a delicious product: a good entry-level Champagne is usually around $40, whereas a good entry-level Prosecco will cost you about $14.

And Prosecco can also be consumed with breakfast — just add peach purée, and you've got a Bellini that'll turn any morning into a festive occasion. Who needs orange juice?

In particular, Zardetto's Prosecco is deliciously creamy, with peach and floral notes. And, of course, it's ever-so-slightly bubbly. A delicious way to toast your event, no matter the occasion.

And, like I said, it's cheap! Grab a bottle here for $13.99.


Tell your friends to save the cash and get Prosecco. Think of all the cheese you could buy with the cash you save . . .

Maso Canali Pinot Grigio

By Amy

When I (Amy) had this wine alongside some amazing tasting plates at Little Octopus in Nashville, the first word that came to mind was crisp. The flavors in this wine sing, especially when paired with soft, salty burrata and pickled nectarines. With citrus and floral notes, the latter of which isn't overpowering at all, this is a fine wine to pair with a light summer dinner.

A lovely buy at $24.99.