Tag Archives: Prosecco

Renowned Designer and Style Icon Vera Wang Debuts Prosecco

Last month Vera Wang announced PARTY, a premium Italian prosecco and we are obsessed.

PARTY embodies the Bright, FUN and Fashion-Forward side of the globally renowned Designer and Style Icon…with the same bold spirit that transformed fashion by reimagining the bridal space, Vera Wang is now turning her creativity and passion for design toward how — and what — we celebrate.

“First and foremost, I am a Designer, but I am also an entrepreneur and brand builder. I’ve dedicated my entire life to designing how people celebrate, and not just their weddings – from what they wear to how they entertain, from their tableaus and tablescapes, to how they live at home – and now, what they drink! PARTY is a natural extension of what I already do,” says Vera Wang. “Why prosecco? CELEBRATION! When I think of romance, fun, laughter, joy, friendship, I think of prosecco, it is the wine that personifies emotion and sheer happiness.”

Vera Wang’s attention to detail has shaped every step of PARTY from grape to bottle. Designed to look chic on any table, the bottle is a sleek matte silver with “PARTY” in bold neon yellow letters exuding a modern, easy sensibility. The back of the bottle features an invitation to PARTY from Vera.

“This project involved input from my friends, family, even clients. A sort of family affair!”

To craft the prosecco Vera Wang looked to find a winemaker with both heritage and pedigree. She turned to the top winemaking region Piemonte, known for its sparkling wines, and to Araldica, producer of the best- selling Moscato in America. Led by second-generation winemaker Claudio Manera, it is one of Italy’s fastest-growing producers and most forward-thinking winemaking co-operative. Manera continues his father’s commitment to Italy’s winemaking traditions, preserving local varieties, protecting the environment and valuing the characteristics of each wine.

“At Araldica we celebrate our roots, land and people, balancing our drive for innovation with respect to tradition,” explains Manera. “Vera Wang has our same philosophy, making this collaboration organic for us. This wine speaks to her fresh perspective, taste, passion and dedication to crafting a premium prosecco.”

Retailed at $25, Vera Wang PARTY is crafted from 100% Glera grapes and boasts aromas of apple and stone fruit, citrus notes and fresh acidity on the palate, with a soft and fruity finish. This new prosecco offers a fresh perspective in the sparkling wine category with its crisp effervescence, coupled with a bold aesthetic and playful voice. Vera Wang PARTY is currently available, and consumers are encouraged to visit VeraWangParty.com for more information on the wine or where to purchase it.

As society reimagines what it looks like to gather, Vera Wang’s PARTY reimagines what it looks like to celebrate. It’s what we could all use right now – a little bit of fun, a little bit of joy, and a new way to commemorate life’s meaningful moments.

A native New Yorker who spent her career at the forefront of fashion, Vera Wang began a sweeping makeover of the bridal industry in 1990 with the opening of her flagship salon at the Carlyle Hotel in New York City. Today, the flagship continues to showcase collections known for sophistication, extraordinary detailing and a cool, modern sensibility.

In 2000, Vera Wang’s enthusiasm for couture resulted in the launch of her highly acclaimed ready-to-wear collection. The Council of Fashion Designers of America honored Vera Wang by naming her “Womenswear Designer of the Year” in 2005. Wang has been recognized with numerous awards and accolades but most notably she was awarded the prestigious Legion of Honor, an order of distinction by the Republic of France. The Vera Wang brand reflects her vision to create a lifestyle that goes beyond core bridal and ready-to- wear, and into publishing, fragrance, beauty, accessories and home. Driven by artistic, modern, luxurious design and a high level of customer service, Vera Wang’s collections hold impeccable customer appeal.

Vera Wang collaborates with leading global partners and manufactures the majority of its bridal collection in company-owned workrooms in the United States. www.verawang.com.

Put Together a Mimosa Bar for Mom

Give Mom a relaxing Sunday morning “in” with this simple, delicious and customizable “momosa” bar.

DIY Mimosa Bar

  • Difficulty: simple and quick
  • Print

mimosa-barIngredients

  • Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore
  • Assorted fruits, sliced (strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, kiwi, etc.)
  • Assorted fruit juices (orange, mango, blood orange, lemonade, etc.)
  • 10 mint leaves, torn
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup confectioners’ sugar

Directions

  • Blend cups of confectioners’ sugar, mint and lemon together in a blender until smooth. Chill in refrigerator for 10 minutes.
  • Divide the mixture into glasses to add extra sweet flavor
  • Pour Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore into each glass, stir
  • Top with selected juice. Garnish each glass with fruit.


Santa Margherita Floral Winesicles

If you’re looking for a dazzling dessert to wow friends and family this weekend, we have you covered.

 
With their powerful and unique flavors, textures and colors, edible flowers have gained popularity as a creative and innovative ingredient for the culinary world ~Wikipedia
 
heartsease flower (Viola tricolor) in springThis recipe is perfect for your any outdoor party or even packed in a cooler for a day at the beach.
 
A great go-to treat for cooling off this summer, that combines your love for something chilled, wine and beautiful edible florals.
 
 
 
Get creative and customize your colors with edible florals or add colorful ribbons on the stick. Use your imagination and enjoy!
 
 

Santa Margherita Floral Winesicles

 
WinesiclesIngredients
 
 
Directions
 
  1. Place 3-5 edible flowers in each popsicle mold
  2. Fill popsicle molds with Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore
  3. Freeze 4-6 hours, or until completely solid
  4. Once frozen, remove from mold and garnish with ribbon if desired.

 

Dazzling and Delicious Valentine’s Day Cocktails

Le Grand Courtage Brut Rose

If you didn’t plan early, making reservations at the restaurant of your choice can be quite a challenge.  Speaking from personal experience, even with a reservation, spending an hour waiting to be seated during the “night of love” is a common experience. Choosing to spend the “love fest” indoors is an excellent option. The two of you, a soft, low-burning fire, meats, fruits, cheeses and a selection of your favorite cocktails and sparkling wines is much more romantic than a room filled with strangers.  The possibilities are endless.

This year I am setting the scene for an unforgettable Valentine’s Evening, with Le Grand Courtâge, a new luxurious, yet affordable sparkling wine that offers a French cachet and elegance.  Since Valentine’s Day is on a Friday this year, I am adding a few delicious sparkling wine cocktails just in case you decide to spend the entire weekend “in”.

Frothy Lemon Sorbetto

Frothy Lemon Sorbetto
Frothy Lemon Sorbetto
  • 2 cups lemon sorbet, softened
  • 2 tablespoons vodka
  • 1/3 cup sparkling wine or Italian Prosecco wine, chilled
  • zest of one lemon
  1. Chill 4 champagne flutes.
  2. In a bowl, whisk lemon ice cream until smooth. Gradually whisk in the vodka and sparkling wine or Prosecco, by hand only.  Do not whisk until it becomes liquid.  Pour mixture into a pitcher and serve immediately in chilled champagne flutes, tall glasses, or goblets. Sprinkle lemon zest on top. Serve with small spoons.
French 75
French 75

The French 75

  • 1-1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) gin
  • 1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) triple sec (I used Cointreau)
  • 1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) simple syrup (recipe follows)
  • 1/3 ounce (2 teaspoons) fresh lemon juice champagne (or dry sparkling wine or cava), chilled

In a cocktail shaker, mix 4 or 5 ice cubes and the gin, triple sec, simple syrup and lemon juice. Shake until thoroughly blended and chilled. Strain mixture into 2 champagne flutes. Top off with champagne

Pamplemousse Royal
Pamplemousse Royal

Pamplemousse Royal by Gooseberry Mooseberry

  • 1 bottle pink bubbly
  • Red grapefruit
  • 3 oz vodka
  • 1 oz agave syrup

Method and Instruction please visit Gooseberry Mosseberry

 

In addition to its distinctive taste, the appeal of Le Grand Courtâge lies in its philosophy, ‘Embrace Life. Dream Big. Accept all Invitations.’ The aim is to encourage people to find joy in life’s simple pleasures and change the luxury, special occasion mentality of ‘champagne’ by offering a product with an exceptional value which is sure to impress.

You can find additional recipes for romance at Le Grand Courtage

Garden Party Perfect Summer Cocktails

Summer dreaming in late spring. It’s torture to have consistently warm temps so close and yet so far. This time of year they flirt mercilessly with us, flitting in out of the forecast, giving us just a tease and a taste of sun-filled days.

While all of the recipes below have a refreshing air to them, I have a weakness for  Prosecco and I find drinking a delicious Mimosa or two on a Sunday morning to be a delightful decadence. A bowl of fruit and several juices to suit all flavors is a brilliant way to entertain weekend guests. The recipe below utilizes fresh peaches and a bit of ginger for a blended cocktail.

Whether your celebration is indoors or out, this is a gorgeous way to kick off summer parties. Cheers!


Peachy Keen Cocktail

  • Difficulty: Mimosa Perfect
  • Print

Peachy KeenIngredients

  • Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore
  • 3 fresh peaches, pitted and halved
  • 1/2 fresh ginger, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 3 cups crushed ice

Method

Place peaches, sugar, lime juice, ginger and Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore in a blender, blend at medium speed until smooth. Add ice to the blender and process.

Spiked Strawberry Slushie

  • Difficulty: Spring Perfect
  • Print

Spiked Strawberry SlushieIngredients

  • Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore
  • 3 cups strawberries
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1 sprig fresh mint
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

Method

Stir lemon juice and Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore together, set aside. Combine ice cubes, mint, sugar and strawberries in blender, blend on high till smooth. Pour in lemon and Prosecco mixture and blend on medium until smooth. Distribute mixture evenly in glasses and top with remaining Prosecco. Garnish with strawberry.

French 75

  • Difficulty: Garden Party Delicious
  • Print

French 75Ingredients

  • Bottle Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore
  • 1 fl. ounce gin
  • 1/4 fresh lemon of juice
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • Lemon spiral for garnish

Method

Fill cocktail shaker with gin, ice, lemon juice and sugar. Pour into Champagne flute. Top with Santa Magherita Prosecco Superiore. Stir and garnish with lemon spiral

 

 

 

Step in to Spring with Cocktails by Santa Margherita

Our not-so-patient wait for spring is finally over and as the weather warms, bring out your playful side with festive, sexy cocktails from Santa MargheritaThis delicious wine is perfect on its own and as a base for delicious cocktails paired with backyard festivities.

Invite your friends, fire the grill and sip spring-inspired cocktails while celebrating the warm weather.

Sparkling Raspberry Lemonade

  • Difficulty: Simple and Quick
  • Print

InRaspberry Lemonadegredients

  • 1 Bottle Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore
  • 1/8 Cup Sugar
  • 1/8 Cup Lemon Sugar
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Lemon Rind, Grated
  • 1 Cup Mashed Raspberries

Directions:

  • Combine sugar and juice in a small saucepan, bring to a boil
  • Reduce heat and simmer for 1 minute, stirring until sugar dissolves
  • Remove from heat
  • Stir in lemon rind and ½ cup of mashed raspberries
  • Combine mixture and Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore in pitcher
  • Sprinkle remaining raspberries among the glasses

DIY Mimosa Bar

  • Difficulty: Simple and Quick
  • Print

Mimosa BarIngredients

  • Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore
  • Assorted fruits, sliced (strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, kiwi, etc.)
  • Assorted fruit juices (orange, mango, blood orange, lemonade, etc.)
  • 10 mint leaves, torn
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup confectioners’ sugar

Directions

  • Blend cups of confectioners’ sugar, mint and lemon together in a blender until smooth. Chill in refrigerator for 10 minutes.
  • Divide the mixture into glasses to add extra sweet flavor
  • Pour Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore into each glass, stir
  • Top with selected juice. Garnish each glass with fruit.

Spiked Fruit Cubes

  • Difficulty: Simple and Quick
  • Print

Wine Ice CubesIngredients:

  • 1 Bottle of Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio Alto Adige
  • Assorted Sliced Fruit

Directions:

  • Fill ice cube trays with sliced fruit
  • Carefully pour Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio Alto Adige over the fruit to fill tray
  • Freeze for 4-6 hours and serve in a glass with chilled Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio Alto Adige

Pineapple Sangria

  • Difficulty: Simple and Quick
  • Print

Sangria_2Ingredients:

  • 3 cups pineapple juice
  • 1 bottle Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio Alto Adige
  • 1 ripe pineapple, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 cup seltzer
  • 1 bunch fresh mint, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup assorted berries

Directions:

  • In a pitcher, combine the assorted berries, mint, wine, juice and seltzer with ice and stir
  • Pour into individual glasses and garnish with pineapple chunk

Find Vini Santa Margherita on Facebook

 

 

Geeking out with fun facts about Prosecco by Christie Kiley

BubblyOther than it being the bottle of bubbly you reach for when you don’t have the cash for Champagne, what is Prosecco? Few  know about its origins, except for the general vicinity of Italy and many don’t know what is in it.  Shall we geek out now with some fun facts about Prosecco?

Where does it come from?

The vineyards start at fifty and go up to five-hundred meters (164 to 1640 feet) above sea level.  Because the sun dips behind the hillsides quite early, the vines are only planted on the sunny sections while the rest has remained as the original forest on the north-facing slopes.  Though the region is landlocked, it is located less than fifty miles from the sea.  Thus, it is often influenced with breezes from the Adriatic Sea keeping the temperatures moderate and warmer during the summers balanced with cooler air from Veneto 2the Alps just to the north.  During the growing season, days are dry with breezes coming from both directions winding in, around and through the valleys from each side, making for an arid climate.  Temperatures do not exceed 86 degrees Fahrenheit (30 Celsius) and on average dip down to a cool 59 degrees Fahrenheit (15 Celsius) in the evening.  The dry climate and wide range of temperatures with shorter days due to the steep and towering hillsides make for an ideal environment for one certain grape.  It is the region’s signature fruit and their ancient heritage.  The Glera grape.

A moment about Glera…

Glera, the sole grape for Prosecco, was originally named Prosecco, the name of a village nearby Trieste, where they believe the grape originated and cultivated as far back as Roman times. 

It has been recorded that in the mid-1700s it was cultivated in other regions south and southeast from where it is grown today.  However, in its previous home it was susceptible to rot and other disease and difficult to grow successfully.  The cultivation of Glera in these regions diminished significantly by the mid-1800s and the region of Conegliano Valdobbiadene became the center of growing Prosecco with its fruit highly recognized by the Oenological Society.

The white berries are known for their delicate flavors and aromas and they truly thrive in Conegliano Valdobbiadene.  The overall terroir, which includes soils consisting of limestone and ancient marine sandstone is what brings amazing structure to the wine.  The bunch of grapes in itself is known for having very small berries with larger ones and everything in between.  A mix of citrus is always complimentary to late summer orchard fruits and tantalizing minerality noticeable in the wine.

The Status of Conegliano Valdobbiadene & How to Read a Prosecco Wine Label…

Trevisiol ProseccoIf you are somewhat familiar with wine and have made note to certain terminology on wine labels, then you might be familiar with the acronyms DOC & DOCG.  For those of you not familiar with them and to put it simply, the European Union has a hierarchy of how they classify wines in determining quality.  Without going into all the details of Italian terminology, the hierarchy of wine starts at the bottom as ‘Table Wine’ (VdT-Vino da Tavola), Indication of a more specific geographic region (IGT), Controlled Region of Denomination (smaller-DOC) and an more ‘Traditional Controlled Geographic Region’ (DOCG).

The latter two are controlled and protected regions which recognize the tradition of winemaking in the region both in the type of grape grown and how the wine is made.  In order for this to be present on a label, the winery must follow very specific guidelines.  As you can imagine, it is not easy to be granted the status of DOCG.  To give you an idea, in all of Italy there are 405 protected denominations (regions).  There are only 73 which have been granted DOCG.  Prosecco has been granted DOC and a smaller region Prosecco Colli Asolani was promoted to DOCG status only just recently in 2009.

So how do you know if you’re getting a quality Prosecco?

Christie Kiley IIILook for the status of ‘Prosecco di Valdobbiadene DOC’ on the label, or in the case of Prosecco Colli Asolani, DOCG.  The latter might say something like ‘Prosecco Superiore’.  Read the label a little more and you may notice something similar to when you read a Champagne label regarding the style of the sparkling wine.  As with Champagne, you have dry styles to sweeter styles.  From the driest to the sweetest, here is what you may see; Brut Nature, Extra Brut, Brut, Extra Seco/Dry, Demi-seco or Dulce (Doux).  Unless it is a wine shop that loves to stock all sorts of Prosecco, you’ll probably only see Brut or Extra Dry.

On some labels, you might also see something like, ‘Metodo Italiano’.  This means that when the bubbles are about to be added via the second fermentation, it is done so in a tank, not in the bottle as for Champagne.  This method is similar to the Charmat method.  It is bottled following the secondary fermentation.  It does not mean the Prosecco is any lesser of a wine, but it sure does save some money for the consumer as there is no painstaking task of making each bottle by hand for months.

If you are curious about price a decent Prosecco begins around $10.  The more recognized names of Prosecco, such as those in the DOCG, will top out around $18.  It is really an affordable bubbly!  Though, if I can give a word of advice, save the ones that go for $9 and under for your Bellini.  If you want a delicious Bellini, choose what you want.

Prosecco is a  good bubbly from a top-notch wine region of the world and is affordable for everyone.  It makes a great aperitif, can be paired  with light fish dishes, summer snacks and it makes for a great mixer to punch up most simple cocktails.  There’s always an excuse to pop a Prosecco.

About Christie

International Sommelier and Chef Christie Kiley has over a decade of combined experience in both restaurants and wineries. While working in kitchens under talented chefs, she spent nights off serving guests in the dining room.

Her passion for food began overflowing into the wine industry and while laboring during wine harvests in Napa, she learned the nature of the product from soil to bottling. Experience working the back- and front-of-the-house in restaurants, wineries in sales, and as a food and wine educator, Christie has vast knowledge of the two industries.

Christie is currently living in Buenos Aires, where she received her Fourth level International Sommelier Certificate from the Escuela de Argentina Sommeliers (EAS) after two years of study.   She is now travelling to fine-tune her knowledge and delve into the gastronomy and cultures around the globe. She works as a freelance writer to share her cultural experiences. Find Christie on Facebook